" We regret to inform you that we have selected a candidate who is a match for the job requirements of the position ” — an email no one wants to acknowledge once received. Be comforted, because you, like many jobseekers re left too disappointed and sad to reply.

Contributor to Forbes Leadership, and CEO of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap, Liz Ryan, says the attitude amongst jobseekers is one of: "Oh well! That's fine --obviously that company was not the right employer for me, at least not at this moment in time!"

Getting a rejection email should never put you off the job seeking process. If anything, replying to a rejection email is essential; it shows that you are a equip with the necessary professional skills and qualities and could help start a working relationship with a company. It might even open the door for future opportunities with the company.

Ryan says the many doors that you knock on, the better: “Even when you have a great interview, don't put all your job-search eggs in one basket. Never, ever slow down -- much less stop -- your job search activity until the ink is dry on your offer letter -- if then!”

We couldn’t agree more. But the more interviews you come across, the greater the chances of a regret email. So next time you get the dreaded rejection mail in your inbox, graciously click reply, and type out an email to this effect:

Dear Ms Langa

Thank you for the feedback on the (name position). I respect your decision and appreciate the opportunity to interview for the job. It was great to meet you and your colleagues.

Please keep in touch for future opportunities, even in a freelance capacity.

All the best,

Furthermore, responding to a rejection email sometimes gives you the opportunity to ask for feedback on the interview, and what you need to work on. The valuable information can help you improve your interview skills for the next job interview.


Remember, your confidence will get knocked at times, but a mature response is always favourable!