5 Reasons to Send Employment Rejection Letters sihl.1888932-2946.ws

Often when the interview process is completed, the selection has been made, the offer accepted, everyone is happy and moves on to the next task at hand.  However there is one step left that is necessary and should be part of every interview process, the employment rejection letter.  There are 5 top reasons that each company making hiring decision should send a rejection letter to each candidate and  here the are;

Reason 1 – It’s the right thing to do.

When you bring in a person for an interview and they are not chosen.  No matter the reason, that person has made an investment in your company.  That person has afforded you time and information about themselves.  Let’s not forget sometimes during an interview they have been asked to reveal some pretty personal stuff.  If they are not selected the deserve a brief not thanking them for their time and letting them know they have not been selected.  It reflects on how your company conducts business and treats people. 

Reason 2 – Rejection is better than not knowing.

For a candidate who has interviewed, the worst thing possible is the wait.  The more days that pass, the more depressing it can be.  This compounds when a person is out of a job and looking at a number of options.  From the candidates perspective, they would rather hear a no than we are still thinking or worse yet nothing at all.  Send them a rejection letter and put them out of their misery

Reason 3 – It’s a small world.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard stories of interviewing a candidate and 2 years later that candidate is working for the competitor or now makes purchasing decisions on products or services your company provides.  Do you think you would have a better chance working with a person that received a thoughtful and thankful note or one that had to call 10 times to find out what was going on before giving up and moving on? 

Reason 4 – You are a Professional.

This is similar to item 1 but item 1 more reflects the company than you.  As a hiring manager or HR professional you need to conduct yourself as a professional.  That means when people are asked to follow your process by you, it us up to you as a professional to return that courtesy.  This demonstrates your professionalism and who knows some day when you are looking for a job, guess who may be on the other side of the table…

Reason 5 -  Interview Redux.

Your company is growing.  You had two or three top candidates but only on position to offer.  They were all ‘A’ candidates but you had to pick one.  Maybe in a year you’ll be able to add 2 more to the team.  Wouldn’t it be nice to revisit your other 2 “A” candidates to see if they might take another look?  If you treated them as professional in the past, you’d have a much better chance to open a dialog now that there are new openings.  

Final Thoughts

Here are my top 5 reasons for sending an employee rejection letter.  I’m sure there are more.  Whatever the reason, it is a great idea to send one, for you, the company and the candidate. 

Please click on the following page:

Your Employment Cover Letter (Only Better) employment offer letter

You’ve got to have a cover letter. Recent studies say 80% of HR managers count on one. But that creates cover letter mills and thousands of employment cover letters lifeless as bricks. That presents a significant opportunity for you, if you’re willing to take just a few moments to make your cover letter come alive and sell you.

Read on for a few simple things you can do that will make you the candidate to beat:

  1. Be witty (but don’t make an effort to be tell jokes).

Most cover letters are dry as dust. That’s why they get on average 3-12 seconds from a recruiter. You can use humor to make the recruiter pause. Just don’t use comedy. Comedians don’t write good cover letters. It’s too distracting, seldom on point.

As opposed to telling jokes, identify with the reader in a enjoyable way. Try – “Six months ago I was leaving a wake-up-and-what-city-am-I-in-again call at the front desk of every hotel I stayed in. I was on the road just a bit too much!”

Then connect yourself to identify with the reader. “Of course, that seems to be the state of our industry just now” And to finish, move to what you can offer. “Since then, I’ve figured out how to limit my travel to 25% without cutting sales. And a number of our top performers have followed suit with good results.”

Totally, dead-on relevant. yet enjoyable to read. That’s a combination recruiters don’t see in an employment cover letter.

  1. Use the whole page.

Most employment cover letters you’ll see will be white at the top and the bottom. Direct mail marketing professionals would never surrender that real estate to white space. But job applicants think nothing of it.

Put a headline at the top and a PS at the bottom. Again. like humor, you need to handle this right. The mistake most rookies make (if they use these devices at all) is that they make the headline about themselves (Great PM ready for a new challenge!) and the PS a request for a call. That adds no value. Of course you think you’re good and of course you want to work. That’s just annoying.

Instead, make the headline about the employer – Looking for a Someone to Strengthen Your Net Asset Values Even with Soft Interest Rates? If that’s really what they’re looking for (have you done your homework?) – it will make the recruiter pause. The PS needs to be special too. That’s an employment cover letter that stands out for good reason.

Your Employment Cover Letter (Only Better)