How to ask for interview feedback

How to ask for interview feedback

So you didn’t get the job you wanted, but you want interview feedback to help you get the next one? I’ve worked with many recruiters and jobseekers over the years and statistically you are in the majority. Most people won’t get the job they interviewed for, only one person is going to get it. The trick now is ensuring that your learn from it, build on your interview performance and skills, and go from there.

Interview feedback is important for all those reasons. I also think it’s important as you must remember that there’s always the possibility that the “first choice” for the job may not accept or stay in it. If you can leave a positive imprint on the recruiter’s mind you might even get a call first, or a heads up next time they’re advertising. Asking for interview feedback provides you an opportunity to reaffirm your interest in the role, show your professionalism and let them know you still want to work them further down the line.

But how do you ask for interview feedback?

Whether you are contacting the hiring manager, the HR department or a head hunter, the basics remain the same.


Give it 2-3 days so you can digest your thoughts and also get over any initial frustration. You don’t want that to inadvertently come out.

consider different ways of asking

You might be lucky and the interviewer may have given you their number of email for you to reach out for feedback or if you had questions. If not, then you can always telephone HR or email them if you feel more comfortable. There’s no hard and fast rule but try to contact a person, rather than a general department, if you are emailing. This will speed up the process for you and also land better. You will have done some leg work and shown some interest.

Be genuine but professional

Say that you are disappointed but keep it clear and concise. You are still interested in working for the company/ in that type of role in future. Feedback will help you develop your skills and perform better at interview next time.

Be specific

Ask if there are particular areas or skills you could build on, or areas that the company felt were unclear. Is there anything they feel you didn’t cover in the interview or provide sufficient evidence of?


Be clear and straight to the point. This may be easier in email, but if you tend to waffle, then practice your call before you dial. Whoever you speak to is going to be busy and will appreciate you getting to the point.

Be polite

Don’t attack the company or be rude. After all, you probably want to work them in the future. Thank them for their time!

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