Obviously, you’re not going to land a job every time that you interview. That simply is not possible. However, what you can do is ask for feedback following every interview, especially in those cases when you do not receive an offer of employment.
When you receive valuable feedback following an interview, you can use that feedback to make adjustments and improvements so you’re able to perform better in the future. And your next interview might just lead you to the job that you really want1
With this in mind, below are three tips for asking for feedback following a job interview:
#1—Ask for feedback in an expedient fashion.
You’re certainly not going to ask for feedback as soon as the interview is over, but you don’t want to wait too long, either. The longer you wait, the less that the hiring manager and company officials are going to remember about the interview. So if you don’t get the job, you want to ask for feedback as soon as you receive notification that you did not get the job.
Talking on the phone for five or 10 minutes is the best way to receive feedback, but if email is your only recourse, then it is certainly better than nothing.
#2—Maintain a positive attitude.
If you do talk with the hiring manager on the phone, don’t be negative. Of course, not getting the job is a negative situation, at least from your point of view. But if you strike a negative tone, the conversation is not going to last very long and you’re not going to get what you want out of it.
Instead, be professional and be positive. Your goal is continuous improvement, not to “grill” the person on the reasons why you didn’t get this particular job.
#3—Focus on improvement and the future.
Asking for feedback and having a conversation about your job interview is not about “living in the past.” It’s about the future. Specifically, it’s about your professional future and the future of your career. So frame your questions accordingly.
For example, don’t ask what you did wrong or the mistakes you made during the interview. Instead, ask the person what you can do to improve so that you can have a more successful interview in the future with another employer that just might have the perfect job for you.
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