Being Told “No, Thanks”

Once you’ve made it through the interview, it’s time for the offer. If you are a confident individual, you can ask for the job at the end of the interview. You can say something like, “I would like to work with you. Can you offer me this job?”

A large number of successful offers can come from that kind of confidence.

Often, an employer will tell you that they’ll get back to you with a decision within a couple of days. You can then ask, “If I don’t hear from you by Tuesday, can I have the number for whomever I should call to follow up?” Make sure you call on the appointed day so that you do not miss an opportunity. Sales managers have been known to offer a job only to candidates who actually follow up like they said they would.

Following up on your interview is important. It demonstrates your commitment, and if you are not successful in getting the job, it provides you with helpful information. If they call to say, “No, thanks,” ask them, “Why not?” Often, an employer will answer this question, but only if you ask. You can phrase the question like this:

  • “Can you tell me what made the candidate you selected stand out?”
  • “Can you tell me what I can do to improve my chances of being selected next time?”

Write down the answer that the employer offers. If your emotions are close to the surface when you get the news, you may not remember what they said. If you write down their comments, you can refer to them when you are ready to digest the information. Perhaps the person that got the job has more years in the industry or performed better in testing. In psychological testing for the military or police work, sometimes issues arise that a candidate must address through counseling. After dealing with their issue, they may re-apply and get hired. Always ask for feedback if possible.