After a job interview that didn't go as well as you had hoped, it can be difficult to know what to do next. One option is to reach out to the hiring manager and express your interest in the position, reclarify something you said that you feel you should have expressed differently and ask for feedback on your interview (preferably on the phone giving you another opportunity to proactively handle any objections they have). However, it's important to approach this conversation in the right way.
1. Wait: Give the hiring manager – and yourself - some time to reflect on the interview before reaching out to them.
2. Keep your message succinct: Hiring Managers won’t want a blow-by-blow action replay of the interview. However, if you feel something you said needs to be reclarified for the hiring manager then do so. This is also a great opportunity to show them your written communication style.
3. Be sincere: Be honest with the hiring manager about how you felt the interview went and express your interest in the position.
4. Thank them for their time: Regardless of the outcome, always thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration.
Remember, it's important to approach this conversation professionally and with humility. Show that you are genuinely interested in the position and that you're willing to work on the areas where you fell short.