A reader writes:
I don’t know if this is a scenario that happens very often, but I had what I believed to be a successful initial phone interview with a company in a similar field. The HR manager I interviewed with had been very enthusiastic about continuing the interview process. I felt confident that I had all the qualifications and skills needed for the job, and was waiting for news on an interview with the hiring manager, but two weeks later, I received a fairly formulaic “thanks, but no thanks” email.
I assumed they had found someone else for the position, but to my surprise a month later, the same job has been re-posted. Should I contact the HR manager again, and what should I say? I don’t want to be a pest but I don’t want to give up on this opportunity either. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated!
I think you should give it a shot. There’s no harm in contacting them and saying that you noticed the job has been reposted and that you’d like to reiterate your interest in it.
They may have reposted it because their chosen candidate didn’t work out for some reason, or because they ended up dissatisfied with all of their finalists. Of course, it’s also possible that they rejected you earlier for reasons that still stand — that the match isn’t right in some way. But you won’t know unless you try, and in some situations they may be glad for the opportunity to consider you again (for instance, if they’ve reconfigured their ideas about what they’re looking for, or if you were earlier a runner-up to someone else who ultimately didn’t work out).
I wrote a few weeks ago about the usual futility of appealing a job rejection, but this is a bit different. You’re not writing back right after your rejection and asking them to reconsider; you’re saying you noticed that the job has reappeared and are wondering if circumstances might have changed.