New Opportunity for Past Candidate Email Template

Use this template to communicate a new job opportunity with a previously rejected candidate or customize it when recruiting candidates who rejected your job offer in the past.

Rejections can be unpleasant. So offering a new opportunity for a past candidate is tricky. This email should follow a post-interview rejection letter. 

  • Personalize your email by explaining why you decided to contact the candidate again and address any previous rejection causes (like salary requirements, work experience or seniority level).
  • Use a different approach for each situation to increase the possibility of getting a positive response. 
  • Request a phone call or in-person conversation to discuss the details. 
  • Avoid raising false hopes so the candidate isn’t left with a bad impression if they are rejected again. 
  • Mention the new job opening you would like to talk to them about,  and see if they’re interested.

(Note that under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you can’t keep the data of European candidates indefinitely and without informing them.)

New job opportunity email template:

Subject line: New job opportunity at [Company_name] / Want to learn more about a new job opportunity with [Company_name]?

Hi [Candidate_Name],

We met [e.g. recently / around 2 months ago], when you applied for the [Job_title] position at [Company_name].  [Add something memorable from the last time you communicated and give a personal touch].

I am [your name], [your job_title], and your profile really stood out from your last application. Although we decided to move forward with another candidate for the [Job_title] position,we’ve kept you in mind for future openings. [Point out what you specifically liked about the candidate e.g. strong portfolio, positive interview experience or a great approach to a previous assignment.]

We have an opening for a [Job_title] and we believe your skills and expertise are a good match for this role. 

Would you be available for a quick call [include date and time or a period of time, e.g. ‘sometime this week’] to talk about our new position? 

Warm regards,

[Your name]


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