Well, I didn’t get the job. I thought the campus visit was great, but in the end the offer went to someone else. Can I contact the department to find out why?
If you made it to the campus-visit stage, then yes, in my opinion, you can contact the search-committee chair or department chair and ask for some feedback on your candidacy. But there’s a caveat: You have to stick to general, non-desperate sorts of questions. Questions like: “I would like to ask if you can provide any feedback on my materials or visit that would provide insight as I move forward in my job search.” Continue reading this article on Vitae.