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Old 07-24-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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I recently interviewed with a company and had a great rapport with the interviewer. S/he was nice enough to send me thoughtful feedback on why I was not hired (lack of experience in fundraising). I now see that there is another position open for the same company but is a more junior position that would provide me with said experience I was lacking. DO you think it's ok to contact him/her for a baseline assessment on whether or not I would be a good fit? Has this every happened to you?

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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DO you think it's ok to contact him/her for a baseline assessment on whether or not I would be a good fit?
Yes.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Yes you should contact them. I think it shows that you are willing to learn, work your way up and that you value their organization.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your reply. Do you have any advice on how to frame this? I'm in the middle of a career change and I'm not sure if I should set this up as a "can you give me advice" question or if my correspondence should be more direct, i.e. "Would you consider me for this other position"? Thoughts?
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thanks so much for your reply. Do you have any advice on how to frame this? I'm in the middle of a career change and I'm not sure if I should set this up as a "can you give me advice" question or if my correspondence should be more direct, i.e. "Would you consider me for this other position"? Thoughts?
How about something like...

"Greetings,

It was a valuable experience to interview with you in (month when you interviewed) of (year). Thank you for your efforts in explaining why that position was not an ideal fit for my skill set at that time. I am still very interested in becoming a part of your team and I see that you now have an opening for (name of position you're interested in). I think I would be an excellent candidate for that position. Please contact me at your convenience so that we can discuss that possibility.

Sincerely,
(your name and basic contact info)"

Put it in your own words, but keep it positive and be sure to let them know that you remeber your interview with them as a good experience. Make it easy and comfortable for them to get back in touch with you.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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I like what otterprods said, but I would also add something in there that directly shows you listend to them and too their advice to heart - something to the effect of, "based upon your feedback, I believe I would be an excellent candidate for this postion".
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Thanks All! I really appreciate it!
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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I like what otterprods said, but I would also add something in there that directly shows you listend to them and too their advice to heart - something to the effect of, "based upon your feedback, I believe I would be an excellent candidate for this postion".
This is excellent advice. ^^^^^

Definitely contact them again.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: san diego
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Default Contacting interviewer for another open position

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I recently interviewed with a company and had a great rapport with the interviewer. S/he was nice enough to send me thoughtful feedback on why I was not hired (lack of experience in fundraising). I now see that there is another position open for the same company but is a more junior position that would provide me with said experience I was lacking. DO you think it's ok to contact him/her for a baseline assessment on whether or not I would be a good fit? Has this every happened to you?

Thanks so much!
Yes, there is nothing wrong in contacting the company or the interviewer back. The feedback for me was a way for them to tell you that you would have made it the first time if not for the needed experience. Personally, if I do not see any potential with the candidate I am interviewing i would not spend time to give feedback. I'd be courteous yes, but really not spend so much time.
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