I don't have fun telling applicants that we have selected another candidate for any of our jobs. We have a lot of applications - most of whom are highly qualified, fabulous candidates. It's tough. And not something to which I look forward.
May I offer a few ways NOT to handle rejection?
1. Do not email the hiring manager and demand some answers.
2. Do not email the human resources office and demand some answers.
3. Do not email sarcastic, obnoxious emails to any of the above-mentioned people.
4. Do not call the hiring manager and demand some answers.
5. Do not call the human resources office and demand some answers.
I could say additional things like don't show up in our office with above-mentioned intentions and don't, and I really do mean don't, have a spouse inquire on your behalf.
When I have applicants ask for feedback on their materials or interview, I do my best.. If you have the opportunity to receive assistance via feedback from a hiring manager or HR professional, please don't disagree or argue with the information shared. We don't have to do this. And it gives me pause the next time someone asks for feedback.