Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 24, 2016
Yes, it is perfectly fine to do this, but frame it so that you are seeking input from which you can learn for the next opportunity that arises. A good recruiter and hiring manager will respect the fact that you are seeking to better yourself and should another opportunity present itself at that company, the fact that you took this step could be a plus for you. I would caution though, that in many cases, you may not get a response from your inquiry, but this in itself can be helpful for you. Those companies that do not take the time to respond to genuine inquiries such as this are probably not ones that you want to be at anyway.