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Application: Asked for feedback; GDPR

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New answer on Jun 14, 2019
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 04, 2019

Hi there,

one of my applications got recently rejected already at the CV screening stage. I kindly asked for feedback on my application (as I want to understand their rationales and the shortcomings of my application) but no responses.

I was considering to file a GDPR request and ask them to provide me with all the documents, notes and records about my person so that I can see if there is a reason stated in their records (and generally to better understand the HR processes on their side).

I clearly don't want to bother the HR folks but it would be great to receive the information on this way if other ways don't work out. Obviously I would like to apply again at the same firm with the best possible odds but at the same time I don't want to become a "persona non grata" at that firm.

Does is generally make sense to file a GDPR request and ask to delete your application details? Technically it should increase your odds and also allow to re-apply sooner after an earlier application but I really have my doubts that they actually delete my data and I don't want to impair my situation at that firm.

Any thoughts?


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replied on Jun 05, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


I am 99% sure that there is nothing documented on the rejection reasons. Thus, filling GDPR request:

  • Will not give you any relevant information. Just the general BS answer
  • Will make you known as a person creating issues for the company

Please don't do this and concentrate on better prep. There are tons of safer ways to get the feedback on your resume


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replied on Jun 14, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

I agree with Vlad and I would not recommend any action of this kind. It is highly unlikely you will get interesting feedback; on the other hand, you will likely be remembered as the person creating troubles – which means you will decrease your likelihood of being invited for interviews in the future.



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