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You get the rejection letter. It can be devastating if it’s your dream job and the process went on for a while.
There is a slim-to-none chance you can still receive a job offer, though. It might be low, but at least there is a chance.
There are so many variables including employment law and organizational policy that play into this situation. There is a chance you could receive a job offer, but it is highly unlikely in most cases.
Here are a few reasons you might get a job offer after a rejections letter.
1. Candidate Rejects Offer
The first candidate does not accept the offer. This is terrible on the organization to send a rejection letter until there is a final candidate for the role. I see it happen often, and it is always due to the organizational process.
Be aware though that a rejection letter is typically sent quickly when a candidate does not fall into the top percentage of applicants or disqualified for a job offer. The latter can happen for a multitude of reasons.
2. Background or Verification Failed
If the first candidate does not pass the background and verification process, there is a chance you could receive an offer after the rejection letter. Again, this is a component of an organization’s process. Ideally, a background check is completed before a candidate starts in the position.
Because of the time and expense of the background and verification process, many organizations will make an offer contingent on background checks and verification. Background and audit processes often occur while the candidate is starting the position.
If anything fails in the background or verification, the applicant may not qualify for the position. This is based on the organizational policies, role, function and candidate responses for pre-verification and background screening. If this happens, companies may immediately reach out to other candidates to determine continued interest.
3. First Candidate Doesn’t Last in Role
If the first candidate stays in the role only a short time and leaves – either voluntarily or involuntarily, there might be a job offer made to the candidate who was next in line. There are employment laws and company policy that determine if and when this is possible.
Keep Networking After the Rejection Letter
Try and get feedback as to the reason you received a rejection letter (this might not be possible based on laws and company policy), then work to grow in that direction. In your next application show that you took action based on their specific feedback.