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August 23, 2012 8:53 PM Subscribe
How to get a company to reconsider me for a job?
posted by Gorgik to Work & Money (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went through a series of interviews for a management position with a really cool company recently. Before the in-person round, I'd done a bunch of research on them, played with their product, and had a great phone interview with the hiring director. I thought the in-person interviews went well. I met with some members of the team that would potentially report to me, the director I'd talked with on the phone, and the VP of the division (who gave me positive feedback during his portion of the interview). I was really digging the company and the opportunity, and had high hopes that I'd get an offer.
Today I found out that they'd rejected me. The director offered to talk with me about it, and I took her up on it. She said that essentially the team didn't think I was a good fit, that I didn't seem that interested in the job. She said that she had sensed some hesitation on my part, and that I should think about what I project while interviewing in the future. However, she also seemed to say, several times, that she actually liked me for the position (at one point she said "I think we'd work well together"), but the rejection was based more on the team's perception, and since they are heavy into teamwork, valuing employee opinions, etc, it was a group decision, and the group decided "no". She's new to the company herself, and I believe she's being sincere, that the main issue was a seeming lack of passion or interest on my part. In fact, she encouraged me to look for other positions in the company, and repeatedly asked me to stay in touch with her.
I'm not a particularly demonstrative guy. In past interviews, I've come across as desperate, and this time I was really trying to project confidence and ease. I had told several of them that I wasn't actually trying to leave my current job, that I was happy, but that this opportunity came up (I was referred by a current employee) and looked interesting. I can see how I might have given the impression of being indifferent.
So now I'm thinking of trying to ask for another shot. Either by just sending her a well-written and compelling email describing my passion for the company and the team and asking her to share it with the group, or offering to talk with some of them again, or something else. I don't want to waste anyone's time. But I really like this company, and would like to try something a little off the beaten path to see if there's any room for them to reconsider.
On the other hand, I don't want to be creepy stalker job search guy who doesn't take "no" for an answer.
So. Is this just so crazy it might work? What might I do to be creative about asking for another chance?