This is the email smart people send when they’re rejected for a job

You have gone through the interview process, sent your thank you letters and have waited anxiously for the job offer, however, instead you receive an email notice that you were not chosen for the position.  What to do?  Hit delete?  Not so fast.

If you really want to make a great impression and show you do not have hard feelings and would still entertain a job offer, you can respond to the interviewers with a professional and polite follow up letter.  Who knows?  Maybe you were 2nd runner up.  You never know what can happen with a job.  So if you are certain the employer is one you would want to work for in the future, do your due diligence and send a follow up letter.  Keep in mind that you probably do not want to send a reply to the automated email.  Make sure you have the interviewers contact information and follow up with him/her directly.

The link below includes a sample letter for just this purpose.


By Tara Ryan
Tara Ryan Career Counselor, College of Sciences