How to Leave a Good Impression If You Don’t Get the Job

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It can be hard to maintain a positive outlook when you don’t get a job, particularly if it was one you were counting on or looking forward to. You might even take the rejection personally if you felt like you established a good rapport with the interviewer. Nevertheless, you should take some steps to leave a good impression on the interviewer and thus better your chances of finding another opportunity.

Start by sending a thank-you letter. Hiring managers rarely get correspondence thanking them for their time from people they interview, to the point that one manager received only five in 16 years. Taking the time to thank someone shows professionalism and a cool head, and it can make a hiring manager question their decision to turn you down. Address your letter to whoever signed your rejection letter. In the body of your note, make sure to thank them for considering you and mention the things that impressed you about their company. Congratulate them on making a hire and wish them the best going forward. You should also mention that you hope to stay in touch and that you’d like to be considered for other positions that open up in the future. In some cases, phone calls make a good alternative to letters. Either way, reaching out to thank the hiring manager can lead to opportunities to interview in the future or to referrals to other positions.

In addition to thanking your interviewer, you should be sure not to do a few things. Don’t take your frustration out on the employer. Don’t imply that the hiring manager made a mistake in not hiring you. Don’t be overwhelmed by the disappointment or reach out before you’ve had a chance to calm down. Finally, don’t ask why you didn’t get the job, because this could put the hiring manager in an uncomfortable position.

On top of reaching out to thank your interviewer, you should be sure not to do a few things. Don’t take your frustration out on the employer. Don’t imply that the hiring manager made a mistake in not hiring you. Don’t be overwhelmed by the disappointment or reach out before you’ve had a chance to calm down and grieve the loss of the opportunity if you need to. Finally, don’t ask why you didn’t get the job, as that can put the hiring manager in an uncomfortable position.

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