Did you score a job interview? That is absolutely brilliant! Well done you! Once the invite came, you started preparing for it. You probably have read our useful blog posts on job interviews, for example, this one or this one (there’s plenty more on the topic if you browse our Blog page).
The interview was going well and you think the interviewer liked you. Or maybe your gut feeling is telling you something else. We all have been in both situations so we understand, don’t worry!
But what happens when an interview is coming to an end?
Well, we have all been faced with this.
You know how, once the interview is ending, the person who interviews says something along the lines of “Thank you, we’ll be in touch!”? That’s usually when your gut feeling kicks in and you can kind of tell if it went well or not. This is the moment of truth. Their tone and their body language reveal a lot.
The moment of truth
You will either get a “We’re happy to inform you” or a “We regret to inform you” email. The decision can be made a few hours following the interview or, sometimes, a few days later.
What do you then?
If it’s a positive email, people reply straight away and you get into a conversation about the next steps. Happy days!
But, what if it’s a rejection? Usually, this is the moment when you lose interest in the company entirely, you ignore the email and shut off your computer. You simply do not want to hear it. You get on with your life, trying never to think about it again.
Ah, yes…but what if there was a way to reverse the course of the events? What if there was something you could say or do to make them see you indeed are the perfect candidate?
Not giving up
If you really think you did well, you should say so. You can thank them for their time and ask them why they are not moving forward with you. Share your enthusiasm for the role and
the company once again.
Do not use online templates for “Thank you for your time” emails nor “Thank you anyway” emails – it has to come from you, straight from your heart.
If nothing else, ask what you can improve and what is it exactly that they are looking for in a candidate. Use this opportunity for personal and professional growth.
No one can guarantee sending those emails after a rejection will change their minds, but it certainly can’t hurt! If nothing else, you will know that you have done everything you could. You fought hard for the role you want…and it costs you literally nothing. You already lost the position – what risk are you taking by sending a follow-up email?
You never know, it might just be the thing that gives the interviewer a nudge and turns the odds in your favor.
Back to job hunting
If they come back with a negative reply or if they don’t reply at all – don’t worry! There are other companies and other jobs available and with our professional career services, you are bound to get ahead. You can also request a free CV review.