Why is it worth asking for interview feedback from an employer?

Didn’t get the job you applied for despite feeling you did well at the interview? We explain why it’s always important to ask for feedback from the employer.

Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially when you’re hoping to secure a job you really want. Despite thoroughly researching the company and preparing well for the interview, it’s natural to feel nervous on the day and hope you come across as the perfect candidate to the employer.

Once in the interview, you answer the questions asked clearly, provide great evidence of your skills, experience, and achievements, and demonstrate how you would be a valuable addition to the company.

You then wait in anticipation to hear whether you have secured the job, only to learn that on this occasion, they have chosen another candidate.

You’re naturally disappointed, and likely want to know how you could do better in the future, as well as any areas you need to develop.

That’s why at Anne Corder Recruitment we always provide feedback to candidates we have put forward for a role whether they are successful or not.

This feedback can be extremely beneficial for your career for a number of important reasons, listed below.

1. It makes clear what’s most important to the employer

The feedback you receive from an agency or the employer will make clear the skills and qualities that are most important to the company, over and above those listed in the job description.

These attributes could include practical ‘hard skills’ such as particular work related abilities such as technical or IT skills, as well as ‘soft skills’ that relate more to personal characteristics and qualities, such as being a good listener or communicator.

2. It highlights areas that you can improve

The interview feedback should ideally highlight areas that the employer felt you were strong in, as well as those that they felt you need to develop. These could include qualifications or certificates that would be beneficial to gain, through to presentation skills that they felt you could improve on.

Having this information will help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and take steps to improve the areas that you feel are most important. And whilst gaining a new qualification or certificate could take some time to achieve, telling potential employers that you are studying towards it will demonstrate to them that you’re serious about your career and understand what’s important to them.

3. It demonstrates to the employer that you want to learn and develop

Asking for interview feedback also demonstrates to the employer that you’re keen to learn and develop, which are traits that most companies look for. In particular, it shows them that you recognise that there are areas that you can improve on and are willing to take onboard constructive feedback.

This matters because although you weren’t successful in landing the job this time, they may come back to you in the future particularly if they feel you are the type of person who understands the importance of self-development and learning from others.

4. It demonstrates that you’re professional

Not every unsuccessful candidate asks for feedback from an employer but those that do are demonstrating that they are professional and value the company’s opinion despite not having been successful this time.

Employers value this professionalism and the fact that you are viewing the interview as a positive learning experience rather than being negative about it or about the company.

5. It helps you be better prepared next time or for other interviews

Ultimately asking for interview feedback enables you to be better prepared for any other interview you may have with the same company in the future or for other interviews you have with different companies.

You’ll know what areas to focus on, as well as those to address, and can explain what proactive steps you are taking (or have taken) to increase your skills, experience, or credentials.

This professional, positive, and practical approach will set you apart from other candidates who haven’t taken the trouble of asking for interview feedback in the past or learning from previous experiences.

Overall, it’s important to get feedback from employers, as it can give you valuable insight into where you need to improve your skills and where you have opportunities for growth.

Knowing exactly what employers are looking for can help you be successful in future job searches, allowing you to tailor your applications and stand out amongst other applicants.

And employers are always impressed by candidates who take a positive proactive approach to developing their skills and experience based on previous feedback.


Alex Smith

Recruitment Specialist

I’ve worked in recruitment for the same agency for over 12 years, covering finance, office support, construction, and engineering. Temp and perm. Previously, my line of work was within banking and estate agency.
Favourite food: “Curry (Hot)”
Favourite film: “Heat”

Outside of work

“Gym 5 days a week. Home life consists mostly of entertaining a 3 year old! (for clarification – my son)”

Alex on ACR

“Very refreshing to work for a recruitment agency that genuinely care for their candidates and clients”

E: alex@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

Sarah-Jane Bond

Recruitment Specialist

I have spent the majority of my career working in Operational and Project Management roles. I first worked with ACR about 25 years ago as a candidate. ACR secured me a role at RNIB, where I stayed for 15 years, finishing as Head of Operations. Recruitment has always been a big part of the roles I have undertaken and is something that I really enjoy. When you match a fantastic candidate with the right client there is no better feeling!
Favourite food: “Has to be any dish from the Mediterranean”
Favourite film: “There are many, love a chick flick, especially ‘The Holiday at Christmas”

Outside of work

“I love socialising with friends, can always squeeze a bit of retail therapy in around volunteering at Deeping Rangers FC, running their hospitality on match days.”

Sarah-Jane on ACR

“I couldn’t have been more delighted when Nel asked me to join the company and have felt at home since day one. They really do care about providing the best service for their clients and candidates, building genuine relationships with both. The team culture is second to none, everyone supporting and looking out for each other. It is a pleasure to come to work every day.”

E: sarahjane@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

Emily Roach

Recruitment Specialist

Emily was a Primary School Teacher for 10 years, before moving into the EdTech space, as a Relationship Specialist for MATs. She joined ACR in July 2023 and particularly thrives when recruiting for Account Management, Customer Service and Sales roles.
Favourite food:
“Spag bol or pizza”
Favourite film:
“The Notebook – or any romantic chick flick really!”
Outside of work
“I have a 1-year-old, so love fun family weekends with my fiancé and son more than anything. Time socialising with friends and family is where I’m happiest.”
Emily on ACR
“The unique culture, values, and style at ACR is polar opposite to other recruitment agencies and what I believed recruitment was. Having previously been a Relationship Specialist, I feel I’m doing the same thing! No hard sell, we truly care about our candidates and clients, and the team culture is 2nd to none!”
E: emily@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

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