Rejection Letter?

Occasionally I come across candidates that have a hard time accepting that we decided not to hire them.I call all candidates that were not selected after the interview process to let them know we went in another direction and that I wish them luck in there career pursuit. I follow up that call with a personal email. I want to make it clear and do not want encourage any false hope. Occasionally a candidate will call me back and ask for additional feedback. I rarely provide additional information on our selection to avoid any potential legal repercussions.This fictitious candidate handled rejection differently then most candidates. I found this letter on abcsmallbiz. No matter how many times I read this letter it cracks me up!

Dear Hiring Manager,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me a position in your department at this time. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite your companies' outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.


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