How to Ask Why You Did Not Get a Job

Having a job interview can be a rather challenging task. Before it, you have to research the organization, get ready to respond to all questions, and try to impress those who will interview you positively. And all of this is followed by the stress of hoping that your job searches will be successful.

Seldom the answer is not that you’re expecting. When getting a rejection letter, your trauma worsens, and the job searches become more complicated. But the things do not end here. It’s a great chance to see what you’ve done wrong and work on it.

So now, we’ll share with you several steps of asking “why I did not get a job” question and how to make this bad situation good for you.

The first step is to think about how your job interview was going.

When you get a letter of rejection, let several days go by and think about how your job interview was going. Here, you must be super honest with yourself and accept that you’re not an ideal person.

We recommend you asking yourself the following questions and responding to them:

  • Were you the perfect candidate for this post, or did you not satisfy the post’s requirements?
  • Did you not have some qualifications? Would you manage to get it in the nearest future?
  • How did you respond to the questions? Were you good at answering, or is there something you can do better?
  • Did you forget to tell about your previous significant experience?
  • Did you observe the job interview etiquette? Did you look so self-confident?

Of course, nobody is perfect. And we all must admit it. But if you define all your strong and weak points during the job interview, it will help you to succeed in the future. 

The second step is to send a letter by e-mail.

It’s time to speak with the interviewer when accepting that the job interview was not as good as you hoped. Yes, it pains a lot, but it will help to become a better job seeker. Besides, it will give you more employment opportunities. 

After a week of receiving a rejection letter, we recommend you send an e-mail to the interviewer. Here, we advise you to say “thank you” for the spent-on-you time and accept that they decided to choose the other applicant. Besides, you can ask them to consider you when they will have an opening. 

This letter shows the organization that you don’t take offense to them, and you’re ready to work with them in the future. 

The third step is to request a reaction. 

When writing a letter to the interviewer, you can ask him some questions that require his reaction. Here, we strongly recommend you not asking directly why they did not choose you. In this case, a good strategy means a lot. 

What questions can you ask them? These questions are: 

  • Are there crucial qualifications that I don’t have?
  • Can you recommend to me how to make my summary and transmittal letter better?
  • Does the interview have something I can work on?
  • Among all things, can you name the one that I’ve done the best? 
  • If you have any questions or worries about my candidature, can you let me know it?

By asking this, you show the interviewer that you want to know why the organization has not chosen you. Plus, you indicate your readiness to do corrections. 

The fourth step is to ask the organization to contact you for future job opportunities.

If you’re interested in further cooperation with a company and, in your opinion, you’re a perfect candidate for the following openings, let them know it. Ask them to contact you for future job opportunities. 

After this failed job interview, you can e-mail the company and ask them if they have new openings. In this letter, you should also mention the unique skills and experience you’ve got during that time.

This contact has two great benefits – you’re among the first to know about new openings and e you have a chance to get a job in this company in the future. 

We’ll give some examples of writing a “why did not I get job” letter.

  • Asking for reaction

Subject – A journalist post

Dear Mrs. Smith,

I’m writing to thank you for your time with me while interviewing for the journalist position. I truly value the chance to meet you and speak with you. Moreover, I truly value the fact that you’ve told me that you do not hire me.

I consider you a top specialist, so I want to ask you to review my job interview. Can I ask you to advise me on what I should work more to become a competitive job seeker in the future?

I will truly appreciate your recommendations whether you indicate the qualifications that I do not have for this position now. If you have new vacancies that I can apply for in the future, can I ask you to inform me about them?

Once again, I want to thank you for your time and opportunities.

Best regards.

  • Further Interest

Subject – Junior project manager

Dear Mr. Simpson,

I’ve just got a letter from you where you tell me that you do not hire me. Despite this, thank you for telling me that. I truly value the opportunity to discuss the positions and the projects that we could do together with you.

I was really impressed by your professionalism. That’s why I want to ask you to share with me your reaction to my job interview. I will genuinely value all responses that you can give me.

In addition, I want to ask you whether you have new openings and you see that I will perfectly fit them, please, let me know about it. You can call me and text me at any time convenient for you.

Again, I want to say a huge thank you for the opportunity to meet and speak with you.

Best wishes.

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