Have You Received Rude Rejection Letters?

by Evil HR Lady on March 4, 2011

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?

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Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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.

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Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Oops, the link above does not work.

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Charles March 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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.

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Suzanne Lucas March 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

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?

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Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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.

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Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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.

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BORT January 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Dear (your name here),

Your application was both informative and well scripted. Unfortunately the parts that were well scripted were not informative and the parts that were informative were not well scripted.

Consequently we have arrived at the conclusion that you shoud apply to one of our competitors so that we may rest easy that our efforts going forward will, (given that your lamentable self is in fact considered hirable even by them), continue to bring the exemplary results we have come to expect in the face of such substandard competition.

Goodbye and get lost.

Funk Elliotteer
Senior Partner
Ellioteer, Groveler, Harvath and Knob
Attorneys and Quantifiers of Risk

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Elizabeth West April 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Augh, not any rude ones. Although if I had, it would have been on the internet for all to see faster than a jackrabbit on a hot desert highway.

I agree–not sending a response after an interview is super-rude. I wouldn’t expect one for an application (though I’ve gotten them), but if a person takes the time to prepare for an interview and actually do it, then they deserve a response.

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Katie April 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I have to agree that not sending a response after an interview is the worst. This leaves candidates wondering where the company is at in the hiring process and if a decision has been made. As a courtesy, simply send applicants a letter letting them know another candidate was chosen.

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Anonymous November 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Either is fine, well not FINE… OK, here’s how I interpret “Rude rejection” and “None at all”.

Rude rejection:
Not a company that deserves my AMAZING presence. Their loss! (Yep, regardless if I have every single qualification or not. They LOSE!)

None at all:
See “Rude rejection” above.

Just like them, I’m gonna move on.

Honestly yes, it is infuriating wasting fancy résumé stationary or the displacement of electrons required to apply via an internet/email. Almost as irritating as having coffee spilled on your blouse on the way to an interview by a stranger in the convenience store where you stopped to get a bottle of water and breath mints…

I don’t think the frustration is because of the rude reject or no response reject. I think it’s anxiety. No one likes to feel rejected in any way. It’s like having that particular hope-filled balloon just POPPED, and startling the beegeezus out of you. I’d prefer that the hope is let out by untying the knot. Then the balloon can be refilled later. Balloons are expencive, sheesh!

As far as I understand, yes, HR peoples can be REALLY loaded with a big hiring or not, but there’s no reason not to be prepared with a polite general copy-paste rejection letter. And if the HR peoples aren’t weighed down with piles of résumés and accompanying cover letters, what’s the harm in a wait of at least a week before sending a rejection?

“Thank you for your interest. You will not be called for an interview.”

This was received the same day I submitted my résumé. It may not seem rude, but it is certainly not professional.

“Thank you for your interest in our company and the Doodling Position. Regretfully, we will not be arranging an interview due to either the position having been filled, or your skills and qualifications do not meet our needs at this time. We will keep your information, should a position in which your skills and qualifications come available in the future. Best regards, HR Dept.”

I have a few like this on file. They still frankly, suck lemons, but it didn’t pop my hope balloon and startle the beegeezus out of me. I was able to let out the hope by untying the knot. (Though I’m still irked at them keeping my résumé printed on fancy résumé paper…. That stuff is expensive! Especially, when you aren’t fortunate to be employed while looking for a new employer!)

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