How to Seek Constructive Feedback After a Job Rejection

Receiving a rejection after investing time and effort into multiple interview stages can be disheartening. Here are steps to help...

Wes Plumb
Wes  Plumb 
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24 November 2023 Date Created

Receiving a rejection after investing time and effort into multiple interview stages can be disheartening. While the disappointment is natural, the desire to understand the reasons behind the decision is equally important. Constructive feedback can be elusive, often due to various reasons such as time constraints or the uncomfortable nature of articulating specific issues. Here are steps to help you proactively seek feedback and build rapport even if detailed, constructive criticism isn’t readily available:

Establish Connections Early:

  • Connect with all interviewers on Linked In before the meeting to create a positive first impression.
  • If unexpected participants join the interview, make a note of their names and reach out to connect via Linked In afterwards.

Express Gratitude:

  • Consider sending a thank-you message to everyone you interviewed with, expressing appreciation for their time.
  • Optionally, subtly hint at your openness to improvement, showing a proactive approach.


Hi [Interviewer’s Name],

I appreciate the opportunity to meet with you today. It was a valuable experience, and I look forward to the possibility of moving forward.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

Seek Feedback Post-Interview:

  • After any stage, but I would recommend at 2nd or 3rd interview stage if securing interviews is not an issue. Inquire about areas for improvement or any concerns, even if they seem minor.
  • A courteous request for guidance subtly conveys your commitment to personal and professional development.


Hi [Interviewer’s Name],

Thank you for the insightful interview today. I’m always looking to enhance my skills. If you have any advice on areas to focus on or improve, I’d greatly appreciate it.


[Your Name]

Graceful Response to Ghosting:

  • In case you don’t receive a response, maintain professionalism and express gratitude for the opportunity.
  • Politely request feedback, emphasizing your commitment to leveraging opportunities for improvement.


Hi [Interviewer’s Name],

Firstly, thank you for the opportunity to interview with [Company]. While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I understand that decisions must be made.

If possible, could you share a few insights on areas where I can enhance my skills for future opportunities?

Thank you in advance for your time.


[Your Name]

Remember, cultivating a positive image through proactive communication can leave a lasting impression and potentially lead to future opportunities. From my experience, anywhere between 1 in 5 offers are not accepted. and 1 in 10 offers accepted, the candidate will not start. 

Suppose you were the 2nd choice. You might get a call. Or, in 3/4 weeks, 3/4 months, 3/4 years, something else can come up, and you will automatically stand out in the crowd and get a callback. 

If you’d like to explore further insights on recruitment and career development, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn under “Wesley Plumb.”