What To Do After A Job Interview….

Welcome to another blog in the #TuesdayTips series by CSA Personnel Consultants

As with last week, today we will offer guidance on what to do after a job interview.


When an employer rejects you after an interview, there is unfortunately no incentive for them to explain to you why you were not hired. In fact, there are actually some incentives for them to offer no explanation at all.

As a result, it’s pointless to ask why you weren’t the chosen candidate. They probably aren’t going to respond or give you the real reason anyway, and this question will sound confrontational, no matter how delicately you choose your words. Instead, you should ask what you can do to enhance your candidacy for future opportunities.

It’s wise to ask for feedback in this case by sending an email. This way, the hiring person has some time to choose if/how to respond to you. It’s also easier for them to respond to an email than if you send a letter and expect them to take the initiative to send you a written/email response in return. Here is an example of what you could write in an email to the hiring manager if you are not chosen for a job:

Dear Mr. Interviewer,

While I’m disappointed that you have chosen another candidate for this position, I appreciate the opportunity to interview with you.

Since I’m always looking for ways to grow professionally, do you have any suggestions on what I can do to enhance my candidacy for future opportunities _________ (i.e. in this field, with your company, etc.)?

I respect your opinion and appreciate any feedback you might have.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.


While the employer might not offer a clear answer (or any answer at all), it’s possible you may gain valuable feedback on how to improve your chances for employment with their organization or with others. If nothing else, you position yourself as a proactive, self-motivated candidate who understands the importance of professional development. By remaining professional and courteous, you also keep the door open for future opportunities.

Sam Nicholson
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