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OK peeps - We're generally afraid to give candidates real feedback on why they didn't get the job because we know there's a chance it can be held against us, right?  

The note below shows the power of giving that feedback.  If you've got real feedback related to knowledge, skills and abilities, you should consider taking the time to tell the candidate why they True didn't get the job.  Read the note from a candidate below - it was to someone on my team at Kinetix, and the candidate didn't get moved forward for a job at Kinetix due to some attention to detail stuff in their writing.  Writing and some amount of attention to detail was a requirement.  The person was a great writer, but didn't nail the attention to detail part in their communications with us.

So we gave the candidate the feedback.  Check out the note back to us below that we got last week.

Give the feedback if you can...


Hey <name withheld, manager at Kinetix>,

I don't know if you remember me. I interviewed for a <position withheld> position with Kinetix at the beginning of the year. You ended our interview process before we could meet face to face, but not without writing a detailed email.

In your email, you pointed out that I showed a lack of attention to detail and didn't have the writing style you were looking for, but that I had impressed you and <name withheld> with my interview and knowledge. I wanted to thank you for that email. It really hit hard that I missed out on the job opportunity because of an attention to detail.

Right around that time I decided to get my shit 100% together(or as close as I could).

I started with a clean car, then a clean room, then a clean house. I trashed what was trash and some stuff that wasn't, I kept what was really worth keeping, and I finally put some decorations up so that Atlanta felt like home. I have always been a very messy person, it's been fine with me, but I no longer have anything out of place without a damn good reason. I want to thank you for that.

Next, I got my diet in order. I started counting the calories of everything I ate--everything. Then I started walking/jogging on a daily basis. I've actually lost 50 pounds since the beginning of the year. It has also left me with extra money in my pocket because of how much food I prepare at home, and don't spend on junk/fast food. I want to thank you for that.

With these other two things in order for the first time in my life, I was also able to find the momentum to quit smoking cigarettes. I have been vaporizing since November but was able to drop that completely in February with the determination to pay attention to the details of my life and my future. I want to thank you for that.

Finally, once I had all of these things in order, I landed an interview for a dream job, a <position withheld>. The interview came from <name withheld> and knew her boss was hiring for the position. I think if this girl knew who I was a year ago, she wouldn't have thought about recommending me. But after seeing how ordered I kept my life, on top of the fact that I enjoy fast-paced creative work, she figured I would be a great fit. I want to thank you for that.

I went in for an interview as a last second request one Friday at 1 PM. I left three hours later with my dream job. I want to thank you for that.

I have been working at <company withheld>, for about seven weeks now. I have already been promoted and given a raise, and I love everyday of my life more than the day before. I want to thank you for that.

I'm sure you're all proud of yourself right now, and you should be. The day that you took the time to write that email changed my life. I want to thank you for that.

So, when I say this, I say it meaning everything I described here. Thank you.



You rock. I wish more recruiters give real feedback and more job seeker take feedback this seriously.

Jude Terry

We learn from our mistakes to become better. Telling a candidate the truth about why they failed an interview will enable to work on that area so as to perform better next time, but an ignorance of this might make them to repeat same mistake again.

Sheryl Chapman

Good post. Most job seekers want and expect feedback. Thank you.

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