Why you should always ask for feedback after a job rejection…

I was trawling thought my email archives for something recently when I came upon this exchange from 2011.  I think it’s a beautiful illustration of why it’s always worth asking for feedback.
Joseph Reddington <joseph@cs.rhul.ac.uk>
22 February 2011 at 15:11
To: “XXXXX” <XXXXX@imperial.ac.uk>
Dear X,

Thank you for your consideration for the post – I was obviously

disappointed that I was not shortlisted, and wondered if you might

have any feedback for me regarding my application and its



XXXX <XXXXXXXX@imperial.ac.uk>
22 February 2011 at 16:18
To: Joseph Reddington <joseph@cs.rhul.ac.uk>

Dear Joe,

 My sincere apologies for this – you seem to have been subject to an

administrative mishap. Actually, we would like to short-list you. Our

administrator will be in touch with you very shortly.

 My apologies once again.

For what it’s worth, I was offered a (I thought) better job in the meantime and had to cancel the interview – but the point still stands…  HR departments are overworked and so are the people hiring you.  People get lost.

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