Learn how to ask for feedback after an interview

It may be that you’ve attended a few interviews and thought they went well but received a phone call or email to say that you were unsuccessful in reaching the next stage of the recruitment process. So, what should you do next?

Well, you could begin to think that you’ll never get a job or feel frustrated and angry as you know that you have all the qualifications and experience required to be successful.

However, the fact is that until you get some feedback from the people who interviewed you, you will never be able to improve on your performance. In reality, very few people make an effort to call or email to ask for feedback so, if you do there is a high chance that you will receive some useful information which you can do something with.

Here are some different ways you can ask for feedback:

By phone:

You: “Hi Russell, this is ……. and I attended an interview with you a few days/weeks ago for the Environmental Engineer position. I understand that I was unsuccessful but I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on my performance. I think it may help me with my job search.”

Russell: “Yes, I do remember you. Can I call you back at another time so that I can have a longer conversation with you? I’m about to go into a meeting.”

You: “Of course, when’s convenient for you? I’m free after 4.30 pm today or tomorrow after 12 pm.”

Russell: “Great, I’ll call you at 1.30 pm. Not many people ever ask for feedback but it’s a good idea. I remember you were very impressive in your interview. Let’s speak more tomorrow. Bye!”

By email:

Dear Russell,

Thank you for taking the time to interview me a few weeks ago for the Environmental Engineer position. I understand that I was unsuccessful but I’m wondering if you can give me some feedback on my performance. I think it may help me with my job search.

If you prefer to discuss this further by phone, please let me know when’s a good time for me to call you.

I look forward to speaking to you soon.

Regards,

Your Name

After your conversation you may realise that there are some areas of your personal performance that you can improve. However, you may find out more about why you did not get the job and sometimes, this is beyond your control.

The fact is, that by taking the initiative and asking for feedback it shows the potential employer what type of person you really are. They may tell you about other vacant positions they have or suggest you apply for some upcoming roles that are going to be advertised soon. They may even refer you to another department or company that is looking for similar experience or skills.

Above all, even though you may feel vulnerable when you make the call or send the email, it’s a great way to develop your network. Give it a go!