How to ask for feedback after an interview
If you have been unsuccessful in winning a role after a job interview, the first thing you should do is obtain some feedback. Whilst the idea of getting appraised on a personal performance can be rather intimidating, it is important to find out if there are areas of your performance that could be improved so you have a better chance at winning the next job you apply for.
How do I ask for feedback?
If the recruiter or employer lets you know you have been unsuccessful by phone, then it is appropriate to ask for feedback during this phone call. The recruiter/employer may agree to give you feedback immediately or may ask to schedule the feedback for another time. When asking for feedback, make sure you explain your rationale for requesting this – and that is so you can perfect your performance for next time.
You may also wish to send an email to the recruiter/employer asking for feedback. This email should be short and again, explain why you would like the feedback. Unsurprisingly, you should not use this email to air any grievances about your unsuccessful job interview and/or to put your case forward about why you should have won the job.
What do I ask?
To get the best out of your feedback, it is helpful to ask what you can improve on, but importantly, what you did well during the job interview so you can do this again.
Some suggested questions are:
- What areas of my interview performance could I improve on?
- What areas of my interview performance were positive/did I do well in?
- How did you rate my CV? Were there any areas for improvement?
- How did you rate my covering letter? Were there any areas for improvement?
- Are there any particular skills or experience that I could look at obtaining that would have improved my chances of winning the role?
In addition to these questions, it may also be helpful to ask if the recruiter/employer knows of any similar roles, or roles that would match your skills and experience, that are coming up in the future. This question lets the recruiter/employer know you are very interested in finding the right role. Even if they don’t have something now, they may have something that will match your skills and experience down the track. This question may help you get considered for future positions.
Keep it short but sweet
Finally, keep any feedback conversation brief. Try not to let the discussion go longer than 5 minutes in duration. Make sure you remain professional and courteous throughout the discussion, and at the end, ensure you thank the recruiter/employer for their time.
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