rejections

why can’t I get feedback after I’m rejected from a job? (3 letters, 1 theme)

March 13, 2014

Three letters, one theme – 1. Did I burn a bridge by demanding feedback from a company that rejected me? I’m worried that I unintentionally burned a bridge for an organization that I would really like to work for. Recently I had a job interview for a dream job that I wanted really badly. I […]

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I’m annoyed that I got an automated rejection for a job I was invited to apply for by an old boss

January 17, 2014

A reader writes: I recently interviewed for a senior (10+ years experience required) position at a large media organization. The most senior of the 4 panellists was an old boss. He had emailed me to invite me to apply for the position following an earlier catch-up where I asked about potential work with the organization. […]

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angry rejected candidates: “I never had a class in college teaching me the etiquette of prostituting myself on paper”

November 8, 2013

A reader sent me an exchange that she had with a recent graduate who applied for a job with her company. The applicant had submitted a three-page resume with short essays about her experience on it. That exchange is further down, but first here’s what the reader wrote to me: I thought I’d share something […]

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how not to respond to a job rejection

October 8, 2013

This post was originally published on July 20, 2008. A while back, I wrote a post about how a small fraction of job applicants respond to rejection notices with outrage, rudeness, or general vitriol, and gave a few real-life samples. Some background: My organization emails rejection notes to all applicants we don’t offer a job […]

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how not to reject job candidates

September 3, 2013

You’ve screened resumes, interviewed candidates, and now you’re ready to make a hire. But while your attention might be focused on the new person who will be joining your staff, make sure you don’t forget about all those other candidates who are waiting to hear back from you. Yes, it’s rejection time. No one likes […]

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someone who was rejected for my new job reached out to me

August 22, 2013

A reader writes: I recently went through 6 rounds of interview stages for a telecommute position. The stages included a resume and phone screening, a questionnaire, multiple phone interviews, and finally an in-person lunch. It took almost 2 months, but I’m happy to report I was offered and accepted the position. I enthusiastically updated my […]

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can I ask employers to let me know if they’re rejecting me?

June 10, 2013

A reader writes: I relocated a couple of months ago after taking an out-of-state internship and falling in the love with the area. The internship has since ended, and though I still work there occasionally (it’s a retail store/event space), the owner can’t really afford a full-time employee so I’m left looking for full-time employment […]

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how to tell a rude job candidate that I don’t want to interview him after all

May 22, 2013

A reader writes: I called a candidate for an interview and left a detailed message of when and where to call me back. When this person called back, he was very rude with our front desk clerks and stated he was not sure who called. What can I say to this candidate? I don’t want […]

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where did I go wrong in this interviewing process?

February 3, 2013

A reader writes: I credit your advice on resumes for helping me get a recent interview with a company for my dream job: a small publisher (~12 employees), in a city I want to live in, as an assistant editor (I am trying to get into publishing,) working on book topics I am interested in. […]

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handling a pushy rejected job candidate

February 1, 2013

A reader writes: I am a manager of a small business. I have hired three new people since my start here two years ago. In all of those hiring processes, the same person has been an unsuccessful candidate each time: She’s someone who looks great on paper, but did NOT do well in the interview. […]

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