It's disheartening when you think you're the perfect candidate for a job and the interview seemed to go so well, but you didn't get the job. You could do some digging on who did get the job, but a better way to find out what happened is to ask the employer directly.
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Career expert Heather Huhman writes on LinkedIn that the key to getting feedback you can use is to politely ask specific questions that are about improving your skills:
For instance, start by stating that, while you're disappointed you weren't chosen, you're still very interested in the company and would like an opportunity to grow as a professional. Ask very specific questions based on your self-reflection, such as:
- Is there anything in particular that I can improve upon?
- How might I come across more effectively in future interviews?
- What was the one thing I did best?
- Do you have any additional suggestions for me?
Questions like these are much more likely to get a response than a straightforward, "Why didn't I get the job?"
She also suggests sending a thank you letter after a job rejection, which could help you be considered for future openings.
Check out the post on LinkedIn for more post-job-rejection advice.
How to Find Out Why You Didn't Get the Job [LinkedIn]