A little extra effort can go a long way, not only in maintaining your overall reputation as an employer but in building a pipeline of future talent.There’s a fair chance that your candidate made it as far as interview because in one way or another, they had talent.Most candidates who have reached that point are hopeful for more, they’ve invested time and effort in the company, they’re keeping their fingers crossed that they’ll get another call…And when it doesn’t come, it’s pretty disappointing.Not that different to being unceremoniously dumped by a guy or girl that you’re really in to.(Source | Via) This letter belongs to Kevin Burg, whose grandmother received it in 1938.Despite Disney's declaration that women aren't to do any creative work, his grandmother eventually became an animator during WWII when women had to step up “For the War Effort.” Don't you love the stationery?Because it’s unpleasant, too many of us put it off or don’t do it at all, essentially letting our silence do the talking. Though painful, rejection has benefits: research by Linus Dahlander at ESMT and Henning Piezunka at INSEAD has found, for example, that when organizations take the time to explicitly reject (rather than just passively ignore) crowdsourced ideas, it both increases the quality of the ideas they’re being offered and increases the engagement of the crowd.
The letter was sent to all unsuccessful submitters of material during the much-lauded reign of Al Feldstein.
However unlike dating, it’s not difficult or weird to send someone an email explaining why they didn’t make the grade.
The simplest way to reject candidates is to send a standard email with something along the lines of this: Dear (Name)We’re sorry but you didn’t get the part of (Job Title) Thank you for your interest in our company, we wish you all the best for the future. You’ve put someone out of their misery – but a no-thrills email isn’t necessarily the best way to reject candidates.
Unless the reason behind their rejection is a complete lack of social or technicals skills, it’s usually worth keeping them in mind for future positions.
This is where more than common courtesy can come in handy.