A client had an interview with a big company that she said went well. Then she got a “we’ve decided to go with other candidates” email from HR. I suggested she send the following note to the hiring manager.
I just received word that my candidacy will not be progressing. Of course, I am disappointed because I really enjoyed our conversation and was even more interested in working for xx, a company that is [doing something concrete and admirable].
While I may not have been the right candidate for this position, I believe that I have the skills and experience to do a great job for xx. So I hope you will keep me in mind for any future positions you think I might be right for.
Thank you again for taking the time to discuss xx, the position, and my interest in adding value to xx.
It’s rare to get this kind of note so it will stick in the person’s mind. If you can send a handwritten note, that would be even better. It will leave a good impression, and perhaps keep the door ajar even a little bit at a company that is sure to hire many people over the years.
I may be a little negative here. If you get rejected, you should just move on. The time spent lingering on an employer and a job that is now out of reached could be used on better things.
Hi TYXV, moving on after being rejected is a good step. I agree that it is likely you will not get hired at this time. Yet, what if the company posts a new job and you apply? It may be that someone will remember how gracious you were after the previous rejection, and think well of you. When I was hiring, someone sent me a thank you note after being turned down – and later I hired that person for another job because she had done something unusual, thoughtful, and bold – all qualities I needed later. I believe you never know! Best, Julie
Post-script: the client got a very nice note back after sending, and the hiring manager said he’d keep her in mind for future positions. While that may or may not happen, she has left a good impression, and may in fact be considered in the future. You never know!