Candidates: What to Do When you Don’t Get the Job


Over the past few days, we’ve gone over what employers should do when a candidate doesn’t get the job, from why it is important, to how employers can put forth the effort efficiently and authentically.

As we mentioned, taking care of candidates is an extremely important part of employer branding, even for those candidates who didn’t quite make the cut in the hiring process.

Doing all of this, though, isn’t just reserved for the employers. In fact, there is a lot that candidates can benefit from properly ending the hiring process when they haven’t been accepted.

Candidates, here are just a few ways to get the most out of your experience, even if you weren’t hired. Take a look below:

  • Thank the employer. You are most likely upset that you didn’t get the position, but the last thing you want to do is to let on that you are bitter towards the employer. Stay positive and approach the matter as professionally as possible. Whether it is a friendly phone call or a nice formal letter, thanking whoever helped you through the hiring process is a great gesture of professionalism.
  • Maintain contact and keep your options open. There is always a chance that a position may open up in the future, and just because you have to move on and find another company, doesn’t mean you should keep your options limited. Though it sounds strange, take the opportunity to do some networking and maintain contact with the hiring manger or recruiter. That way, you’ll have a better idea of when a position opens up, especially if it is for a company you really want to work for.
  • Ask them why. You can also take this as a learning experience by asking the employer why you weren’t qualified for the job. Not only will this help you in your future job searches, but it also shows the employer that you are a driven individual, which can make a great impression on them and possibly give you an advantage the next time you go out for a position in the company.

Candidates, don’t snub these employers! While it can certainly be hard to care–especially after being turned down for the position–you need to make the most out of it.

Consider these situations as another aspect of your professional career. They can be important stepping stones in your career and great learning experiences, so don’t take them for granted.

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