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How to Reapply to the Same Company After Rejection

interview tips Dec 13, 2021

Unfortunately, the interview process did not end with a job offer. And for some of us, the company we interviewed with is our dream company and we want to try again.

If it truly is your dream company and/or dream job, you’ll want to determine when it will be the ideal time to reapply. When should you do it and how should you go about it? Let’s take a look at the key items to consider… 

Item #1 – Early Stage Rejection

First, we’ll talk about a common situation. Either you get no response from the company after submitting your application, or you get a rejection notice. This means you are essentially back at square one, but don’t give up hope. I recommend waiting at least three months before reapplying. Add on any additional skills or certifications that will help bolster your resume. Another thing to keep in mind is that simply submitting an application may not be your best approach. Applications are easy to dismiss or ignore. Utilize networking strategies and find other ways to get in front of the right people at the company. This may be a more effective way to catch the attention of your intended audience

Item #2 – Any Stage Rejection

The other scenario is when you make it past stage one and are rejected at any other point in the interview process, usually after the phone interview, onsite or final approval stage. In this case, there are some very specific steps I want you to follow:

Step 1: Feedback

Larger companies typically won’t provide any useful feedback with a rejection because it’s a legal issue. That does not mean you can’t ask for feedback. You can definitely ask if there are any specific qualifications you were missing. Then, just try to get any additional insight or advice that may help you if you plan on reapplying in the future. They likely won’t provide much, but anything you get will be helpful.

Step 2: Timing

Some companies will have specific policies regarding candidates reapplying for the same job. Ask questions and understand these policies, so you know how to time your follow-up contact and application.

Step 3: Follow Up

Understand what kind of follow-up efforts you can make and when. You want to be proactive. Ask these three simple questions:

  1. How often can I reach out?
  2. How many positions can I apply for?
  3. Is there a new point of contact?

As soon as you get the rejection email, reply with a kindly worded response that thanks the Recruiter for their time, asks the above questions, reiterates your interest in the company/position. and requests a 3-5 minute follow-up call. Be sure to watch my full video on this topic to see a specific email template I recommend using:

Item #3 – Follow-Up Emails

After you get any initial feedback and understand the reapplication policies, you should create two calendar reminders. First, you want to mark the date you are able to follow up with them and when you will be sending your follow-up email. Then, you will mark a second date that is one week earlier. Use this week of preparation time to look at current position openings. You need to make sure the job you want is still available and/or identify other new positions that may be a fit for you. This will help you tailor your follow-up email and also avoid looking bad when reapplying for a job that isn’t there. 

Again, you can watch my full YouTube video for sample email templates you can use.

You will want to prepare resumes for each role you are interested in, but keep the alterations simple. Only change out a few details in the summary section. Don’t spend all day rewriting your resume because most of it should still be strong and relevant for any position in which you are interested.

Item #4 – Pay it Forward

You have a huge opportunity when you have a point of contact who is willing to engage with you. Improve your worth by providing them with other candidates who may be a good fit for positions they are likely hiring for. This will show your willingness to help the company and will give the Recruiter even more incentive to stay in contact with you.

Item #5 – Other Items

Remember to strike while the iron is hot. You want the job and you want to work for this company. Don’t let rejection get you down. It happens. Keep pushing forward. Learn from the experience, better yourself and use what you learn to make yourself a more appealing candidate when reapplying.

It’s also okay to take some time for self-reflection. It is an emotional journey when you get rejected by your dream company. Just remember to stay positive and remain vigilant. Let the Recruiter know you are serious about the job and are willing to do what it takes to get it. Don’t assume that they don’t like you because you didn’t get hired. There are so many factors involved that you won’t see as one of many great candidates. Keep your head up and keep trying if it’s really what you want.

For more interview tips, follow my YouTube Channel or sign up on Practice Interviews to gain access to personal coaching and other great resources.

Jeff H. Sipe

Jeff has interviewed over 1000 people in his career and previously spent five years working at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. You likely found Jeff through YouTube and you will find the same level of dedication in his one on one practice interview sessions.

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