Thursday, 21 September 2006

the kindest rejection letter

i received three emails from (a prominent employer in london) yesterday. i have edited them for your reading pleasure. they are listed in the order in which they were received. enjoy!

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From: (Really Cool Organization That You Dream Of Working For)
Subject: Job Reference 1234


Dear Applicant

Further to your application for the above role, we regret to report back that the recruitment panel have decided not to take your application further on this occasion.

As you can imagine, we were overwhelmed with the candidate response to this post and it has been encouraging to see the manner in which the (really cool organization) has captured the imagination of so many people within your profession. We are keen to harness this interest and will alert you of any roles that we think may be of interest to you in the future.

May we take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of the (really cool organization), for your interest in this position and for taking the time to apply, and send our apologies for being unable to write on a more positive note.

Kind regards
The HR & Recruitment Team

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how nice is that?! i particularly like the apology.


next i received this one. note the different job reference number.


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From: (Really Cool Organization That You Dream Of Working For)
Subject: Job Reference 4321


Dear Applicant

Further to your application for the above role, we would like to invite you to attend a preliminary interview on 2nd, 3rd or 4th October. Please call XXX (020X XXX XXXX) on Friday 22nd September to arrange a convenient time. The slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Kind regards
Recruitment Team

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wow! that was unexpected!


but soon after, i received the third message. again, note the reference number.


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From: (Really Cool Organization That You Dream Of Working For)
Subject: Job Reference 1234


Dear Applicant

Re Job Reference 1234

We have been experiencing some IT problems today which has affected our recruitment database.

You will have received this morning an email informing you that your application would not be taken further on this occasion. Subsequent to this email you may have received a second email in error asking you to contact us to arrange an interview for a (different) position. Unfortunately this second email should not have been sent to you. Please accept our sincere apologies for the confusion this has caused.

Kind regards
HR Recruitment Team

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sigh! at least they're polite about it...

3 comments:

acechick said...

but there *is*good news, right?!

Charlotte said...

This reminds me of the end of the movie Desk Set (Hepburn/Tracy '57) when they all receive pink slips, due to a glitch in the new computer.

bcuk said...

well, yes...

eagle-eyed acechick perhaps noted that i wasn't as devastated as normal by being rejected cuz (shh! whisper it!) i got a job! more news on that... soon :)