In any circumstance, rejection is something everyone would ideally like to avoid. But if you really think about it, those moments of rejection are great opportunities to learn about your weaknesses as an employee. There are bound to be areas for improvement with every employer. Taking the initiative to ask the hiring team about what could have gone better is the most beneficial thing that can come from a job rejection.
Whether you receive your rejection through email or by letter, the message is usually fairly generic…and will most likely leave you feeling confused and upset. This method works for the employer though, because most people don’t think to ask for feedback about their rejection. Don’t make this mistake! A simple feedback request letter will give you both useful advice and also a little more closure.
The great thing about asking for feedback is that you are guaranteed a constructive response. Sure, it may be tough to read about your flaws through the process, but at least you are getting an honest opinion about what placed you behind the other applicants. For all you know, you could have been denied for reasons that are completely out of your hands; such as the choice to hire an internal candidate, or a revision of the position. Having the courage to find out this information will give you piece of mind and the motivation to keep on job searching!
To learn more about following up after a rejection, read Suzanne Grossman’s advice article.