Obtaining Feedback After an Interview | No BS Job Search Advice

The benefits of asking for feedback after an interview are worth the time and effort. A job search is competitive, but it doesn’t have to be cutthroat and bruising. You don’t necessarily need to win every interview in order to be successful. Knowing how to ask for feedback after an interview will help you find out where you can improve for the next interview.

Or maybe, there’s no need for improvement. Many times they just chose someone who had more experience in whatever your expertise is. Many times they find someone with comparable expertise who is working for a direct competitor or willing to accept less money than you are.

Him him him him him him him him him him and him him him him him him It’s common that job applicants will contact or follow up with each hiring manager they’re interviewing with after an initial meeting. This is normal. Most interviewees want to want to find out how they are seen and whether or not a firm is interested in hiring them.. Many applicants work through the entire hiring process without ever consulting a human resource professional or seeking feedback. If you’re in this situation, it’s time to follow up and gain more information from the people who will ultimately decide if you’re the right person for the job. After all, following up is an indication of your interest in the position and desire to work there. Why would you want to follow up if you are interested?

A recent study by a Dr. van Nollen says, “It is often said that a man’s got to do what a man does, not what he says. This observation may seem obvious. But there are instances where, in fact, what a person says at an interview may have the opposite effect on their prospects for job success as what he does when he gives a talk in an organizational setting.” In other words, your actions say a lot about you and reflect upon your job search more than your words. This is why it’s important to have a detailed job search plan that addresses feedback after interviews (i.e. what you did, what didn’t do, etc.)

After the interview, email a thank you note to the interviewer and provide any updates regarding your conversation with them. You should also set up a follow-up conversation to obtain feedback from them about your candidacy and the timeline for making a decision. Remember: Never send out the same follow-up note to every hiring manager or HR person you interview with.

Keep track of what you have been told by them including when to follow up and details about the position that they may have shared with you. It is also important to listen carefully for any cues and/or indications of interest or lack thereof. Sometimes, those cues are more important than asking a direct question. That’s because they are more honest when they infer their opinions rather than state them openly in response to a direct question.

Use the information you receive to make necessary changes to your interviewing technique and adapt for the next one you have.



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

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