Follow up with employer that sounded interested, but wasn't?
June 30, 2014 1:00 PM Subscribe
Do I personally contact the person who made me think I was a strong candidate, but didn't consider me again?
posted by wannabecounselor to Work & Money (4 answers total)
I interviewed for a lateral-move job at a place I liked but it would have required a move across state. I wasn't mentally or emotionally prepared for a move and when I found out I got a second round interview I was so stressed out that I declined. In my personal phone call to the director he told me I was the only candidate, and the favorite anyway. He asked if I would be interested if they re-posted in a few months, I said I would certainly consider it.
They re-posted a different, higher-level position one month later that I still met the qualifications for. I had done some soul-searching and felt more ready to commit to a move, so I applied again and sent a personal email to the director explaining that I was ready to commit to a move. I never heard a thing and just got an auto-email that the position was filled.
Should I reach out again or just leave it where it stands? Someone is telling me I should send a message like, "I'm glad you found the right candidate. I wonder if you could advise me on how to strengthen my consideration for similar positions in the future". I have my theories why (because I said no before, I stupidly didn't re-write my entire cover letter and just re-worked about 50% of it, and they got better candidates with more experience).
I kind of feel like a big idiot right now and am scared to personally contact the director again, I don't want to seem unprofessional. So what IS professional in this case?