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Connecting with interviewers after rejection

Anonymous A asked on Mar 23, 2018 - 3 answers

Hi,

I've recently interviewed with McKinsey. I went through all the interviews, but unfortunately didn't get an offer. Still, I very much enjoyed talking to the people there, and would like to stay in touch. Is it appropriate to send them a request on LinkedIn, even to the partner? What could I write in the message so it doesn't come across as too pushy?

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I would start with a personalized email and then send a linkedin invite once you receive an answer so it comes across as less aggressive.

Hope it helps,

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Hi Anonymous,

there is no harm in sending LinkedIn invitations, however there is no guarantee they will be accepted, simply as some people connect only with someone they have actually worked with/had some kind of relationship.

As for the message per se, you can just thank them for their time and say you would be happy to keep in touch.

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Hi,

You may connect via LinkedIn and send a short Thank You note. many candidates are doing that and it doesn't heart.

However, to be honest, LinkedIn connections are kind of devaluated and I don't see any way how it can be useful to you. Unless you are an industry expert and may be useful to the specific partner.

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