Following up after a job rejection--yes or no?
September 14, 2012 7:32 AM Subscribe
Should I follow up after being rejected for a job?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I found out about this job opening through an acquaintance, "Jane," who passed me on to the manager for the position, "Dan." Dan and I had a good phone conversation about the job, and he asked me to send him my resume if I was interested. I sent him my resume about a week later and he thanked me, then asked me to submit it through the online application form so he could "coordinate with HR." I did so. That was about a week ago. Today I got a form rejection letter from HR. I'm a little surprised that I didn't make it to an interview, since I thought I was a pretty good candidate (and it seemed that Dan did too, judging by our previous exchanges, although maybe he was just being polite.)
I'm considering writing Dan some kind of follow-up email, but I have a few questions about it:
1) Is it appropriate to write to Dan at all? Or would that just be irritating and inbox-cluttering? Is his sending me to HR an indication that he doesn't want to communicate with me anymore?
2) If I do write to him, should I stick to "thanks so much for the opportunity to be considered, best of luck finding the right candidate, if there are any other job openings in the future I would love to be thought of, etc." Or would it be ok to ask, tactfully, why I was rejected? Any good phrasing suggestions for that?
Note: I really don't want to come off as pushy or defensive or as if I'm questioning the rejection, which I'm not.
Any thoughts are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.