A reader writes:
I’ve been applying to a few jobs here and there and I recently received this rejection letter:
OK, it’s that email you didn’t want to get, no beating around the bush, we are afraid that we won’t be taking your application to the next stage. We know rejection is tough and in the next few minutes you may well go through three stages of emotion:
Disbelief: We know you may think that the role would have been perfect for you; however it is likely that we had a number of applications which demonstrated a better match when they applied.
Frustration: It can be annoying to be passed up for a job you really wanted, however channel that emotion into reviewing your application so when you next apply for something you increase your chances of getting further. Did you know a CV tailored to a specific application is four times more likely to get an interview than using a generic CV?
Indifference: The good old “I didn’t want it anyway” – Let’s be honest, we cannot shortlist everyone for a role. When it comes down to it only one person can get a job so please don’t be disheartened.
While I am really grateful to them for letting me know, I thought this was weirdly over the top and it has seriously put me off applying to this company again. It seems to me to be rather I don’t know…condescending? But I wanted to get your opinion, since perhaps it’s just because I am still in the disbelief stage.
Yeah, it’s totally condescending. You don’t need them to manage your emotions for you, which is how this reads.
And it’s a bit much to assume that everyone they reject will be devastated or needs advice on what to do differently next time.
It’s nice to want to send out kind rejections that will minimize bad feelings! But rather than patronizing people like this, they could just explain that they got applications from more highly qualified people than they could interview, that they’re grateful for your interest and the time you put into applying, and that they’re sorry they won’t get the chance to talk further with you.
Also, so many comma splices! That is perhaps the most upsetting part.