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Friday, March 04, 2011

Have You Received Rude Rejection Letters?

In a tough job market, rude rejections unfortunately are common. What's the best (or worst) kind of job hunting rejection?

Have You Received Rude Rejection Letters?


Anonymous said...

The rudest rejection letter I've have been the ones which aren't sent. Given that in most cases I've spent a lot of time putting information into another computer system, there's zero excuse for this - the computer could send the necessary emails.

OTOH, it does at least enable me to remove that company from any and all future consideration.

Anonymous said...

Oops, the link above does not work.

Charles said...

Yes, the worst is by far the no response rejection.

The second worst is when you receive a letter or email in which the person spends the whole first paragraph feeling sorry for her whiney-self because it is "just so hard" to choose and sending out rejection is a part of her job that she absolutely hates.

I don't really care about "your feelings." Damn it, you're in the position of hiring and firing - grow some backbone and be a professional. The rejection letter should NOT be about the HR person (or hiring manager, etc); it should be about the job candidate.

Suzanne Lucas said...

Anon 4:34, the link is working now. Don't know what the problem was.

Anon 2:46, You're preaching to the choir here. I hate it when no one responds.

Charles: But it's always about MY needs, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

This is a place where ethics codes can come in handy. It will be a violation of every code under the sun for me to award a contract to a company with whom I've applied for a job. In the absence of a rejection letter, I must assume my application to still be under consideration, so, regrettably, I will be unable to invite your company to submit a tender.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't really answer the question, but I thought I'd try to show that not all companies / managers have such disregard for applicants.
We don’t currently write to reject candidates who are not shortlisted – our not very user friendly online system won’t do it automatically (one day it will change, when it gets up the IT priority list). We get a lot of candidates, and as a NFP not a lot of resource to respond manually. However, interviewed candidates in my patch are contacted, normally by phone, with a response and offered feedback. Usually this is done by the hiring manager, and has often made even a rejection a positive experience. We’ve even had people contact us to say how the feedback helped them, so I’m really glad that my managers will make the effort – I can’t promise though that all of them do.