A Peril of Politeness

Recently I have been writing to ALL applicants for a particular position to inform them that a position is now closed, so that they do not wonder about the outcome of their application.

I am writing to let you know that we have now finished recruiting for the MON 0416 position and the successful finalist has accepted the offer of the position.

Unfortunately this means your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion, but I would like to thank you for your interest in Tutors International and for considering the role.  I hope you will continue to look at the positions we list and that you will apply to those for which you feel you match exactly.

You might like to know that we received a total of 101 applications for this role.

Of these 101, 40 were incomplete.

Of the 61 completed applications, I put forward details of 2 completed applications to my Client.

They interviewed one of these candidates and asked me to offer that person the job.

She accepted the offer.

Although I make it clear that replies to this polite notice email will not be replied to, several do write.  Usually they ask to be removed from the database (which they could easily do themselves) or to thank me for giving them closure.

This morning, though, I woke to the following email reply.













Perhaps I should stop politely letting everyone know the outcome of their applications and instead just leave everyone hanging.  At least I’d be less likely to get this kind of abuse just for letting someone know that their job application had been unsuccessful.



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Russ Hanush

I applied, and within three days received the most thoughtful rejection letter I have ever received in 56 years. Only one person gets the job, if it’s not going to be you, could you ask for anything nicer?

Thank you Adam, I appreciated the feedback.