As a candidate you apply to jobs, research companies, meet recruiters, and attend interviews. With the drive and purpose to make a forward move in your career. The reality is, you won’t get every job you apply to or interview for, there is a multitude of other candidates in the market actively or passively. And let’s face it, there is always someone out there smarter / better than you in your industry or profession.
Don’t be discouraged, here is the tip.:
What to do when you hear “we regret to inform you, that we are moving forward with other candidates…”
My advice, and I know at first this seems obvious, is to:
- Thank your recruiter for their time (in reply to the email or on the phone).
- Thank them for introducing you to the team / speaking on your behalf.
- Ask if they would please thank the team for taking their time to meet with you or provide you with an address that you could send a professional thank you note to the interviewers (this added touch let’s them know your a good sport and leaves a lasting impression).
- And finally, ask your recruiter if you can add them to your network (Linkedin/Twitter) so that you can be connected for future opportunities.
If you do these things as a candidate, you will stand out to the organization, the teams, and the recruiter. Who do you think a hiring team/recruiter will call the next time they have a similar role? The candidate who slams the phone down after arguing how great a candidate they are or the candidate that says thank you and leaves a good, professional impression?
Clint is an R&D Recruiter in Austin, TX.
He is passionate about technology and the products we develop at VMware. He enjoys being an evangelist tasked with finding, developing relationships, and introducing like minded – talented folks that desire to perform / make an impact, and grow with the leader in virtualization, cloud, SaaS, PaaS. Clint says he is also a big San Antonio Spurs fan. He currently recruits for the following roles at VMware:
Build Infrastructure & Tools
Enterprise Management – VCM
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