Ghosted? Use this template for one last follow-up!

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When you’ve invested time and effort in a job interview, the absence of a response from the recruiter or hiring manager can be disheartening. Being “ghosted” is a common experience for job seekers, and while it’s easy to succumb to frustration, it’s crucial to handle the situation with professionalism. In this guide, we’ll explore the proper way fashion industry job seekers should follow up after being ghosted by recruiters.


Instead of resorting to anger or confrontational emails, the best course of action is to send one final, polite follow-up email. Here’s a breakdown of the key elements to include:

Start with a Positive Tone:
Open the email with a positive tone to convey professionalism. Avoid passive-aggressive or rude language, as it may hinder your chances of a response.

Congratulate Them on Finding the Right Candidate:
Express congratulations on their search for the right candidate. While you may not know if the position has been filled, this gesture shows good spirit and may prompt a response explaining the delay.

Express Continued Interest:
Ask what you can do to stay on their radar for future opportunities. This signals that you’re still interested in the company, leaving the door open for potential future engagements.

Mention a Positive Interaction:
Reference a specific part of the interview where you felt a connection with the interviewer. This not only makes you more memorable but also demonstrates your genuine interest in the company and the role.

Here is a template that you can use for effective polite follow-up emails…


Subject: Follow-Up and Continued Interest in [Position Name]

Hi [Recruiter’s Name],

I hope your search for the [Position Name] is going well. Congratulations if you’ve already found the perfect candidate; anyone selected would be fortunate to work at such a great company.

I wanted to reconnect briefly to express my gratitude for the opportunity to interview. While I may not have been the perfect fit for the role at this time, I genuinely enjoyed meeting everyone on the team. It only reaffirmed my desire to contribute to your company’s mission. I hope we can keep in touch, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to be considered for future opportunities.

I appreciate your time and the chance to interview. Our conversation about [specific topic] left a lasting impression on me, and I’ll always remember it as a motivating story throughout my career.

Thank you so much,

[Your Full Name]


This approach is designed to elicit responses from even the busiest recruiters and hiring managers. Whether they respond with a simple “thank you” or offer helpful feedback, this method maintains your professionalism. If you don’t receive a reply after the last follow-up, it’s crucial to move forward with the understanding that the company may not have been the right fit for you.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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