rejections

how fast is too fast to reject a job candidate?

A reader writes:   Sometimes we screen a job candidate and know pretty much immediately that the person won’t be a good fit. But I feel like it might be discouraging to be on the other end of such a situation (to interview and be declined the same day). Right now, I’ve been waiting a day […]

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what to do when you’re turned down for a promotion

Being rejected for a job never feels great, but it can particularly suck when it’s for an internal promotion and you’ve been turned down by people who you see every day and who know your work well. But getting turned down for a promotion doesn’t need to be the end of your aspirations. At U.S. News & […]

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how to respond to a volatile rejected job applicant

A reader writes: I have a question regarding applicants who, after being interviewed and rejected more than once, apply over and over again. I have one applicant who has been interviewed twice, rejected twice, and keeps sending new applications. The first time she was interviewed was two years ago by our previous recruitment coordinator, and […]

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don’t send condescending, over-the-top rejection letters

A reader writes: I’ve been applying to a few jobs here and there and I recently received this rejection letter: Hi, 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 […]

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what’s the best timing for rejection letters?

A reader writes: I’m a firm believer in following up with every single applicant, interviewed or not. When would you say is ideal time to send out a rejection letter? The thing with rejections is that if you send them really quickly, people often feel stung — like you couldn’t possibly have given them sufficient […]

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