It’s so deflating getting that email that starts off with “Unfortunately” or “We regret to inform you.” But what should you do with this email? Should you ignore it? Should you respond? Career experts Dan Schawbel and Jenny Foss shared with “Lifehacker” the answer to that.
- Yes, you should send a reply. Sending a reply will show them that you’re gracious and could help you stand out to that recruiter for a future opening. You really have nothing to lose by sending a response.
- Turn the rejection into an opportunity. A rejection really is a good time for you to get crucial feedback that you can learn from. Maybe the interviewers can share with you some insights you can then use in future interviews. In the email, ask if they’d be willing to give you feedback to help you be a stronger candidate for a future opening.
- Thank the team in the email. If it feels appropriate to you, even ask if you may keep in touch with them or connect with them via LinkedIn.
- Keep it short and sweet. Do not go on and on about how you’re feeling in that moment.