Have you ever interviewed for your dream job and not been offered the position? Most of us have experienced this at one point or another. Have you ever written a thank you note to the hiring manager for “not giving you the position?” Probably not! Well, times are changing in this candidate driven market, and while we might never know exactly why we were turned down, you can still prove that you are a value to the company. How you ask? Write a thank you note to the hiring manager for “not hiring you.”
Last month, I gave this advice to a close friend who was turned down for her dream job. She called me crying and couldn’t understand why they didn’t choose her. She was a perfect fit for the job. I suggested she write a simple note thanking the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview and for sharing information about the company and its culture. Short, simple, and not trying to sell herself. She did just that and exactly two weeks later the hiring manger called her out of the blue and offered her the position. She started seven days later and her first day was greeted with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers on her desk.
The following week I had a candidate interview for a position with a top client of mine. After the interview, I was informed they were choosing another candidate who had just slightly more experience. Heavy hearted, I called my candidate to break the news. I advised her to write a thank you note to the hiring manager for not giving her the job. She wrote a beautiful note thanking the hiring manager for her time, for the opportunity with such a wonderful organization and to please consider her in the future. Two days later, out of the blue, I received an email from the hiring manager informing me that they had just created a new position for my candidate and would like her to start immediately.
This is the power of thanking someone for “not hiring you.” No one else is doing it and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! So far, this strategy has worked 100% of the time for those I advised. The next time you get turned down for a job, write a thank you note and wait by the phone. You may just get that dream job after all!