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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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seain dublin, Years ago, offices were overstaffed. Managers had secretaries whose true function was to make them feel important as they had direct staff. Today, with offices lean, and most likely filling dozen of spots annually, 2 letters of rejection times dozens is time not available.as the secretary who had nothing to do 90% of the time has been eliminated.

PLus, if corps sent out rejections, those cut before the final round would feel entitled too. Now we are up to 97 letters/emails per opening.

Just not a prudent use of time. I'm glad the OP got closure, but its not possible to provide that with the lean staffing levels necessary today.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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In my industry you get a FedEx'd letter if you didn't make it, otherwise you get a phone call if you did.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 05:50 AM
 
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Sometimes they screw up the rejection letters. I had a scheduled on-site interview and got a generic reject email the day prior. I quickly called the HR person to confirm the interview and discuss the rejection email.

I was told to ignore the letter - they just filled the original position I had applied for, but there was another similar position they were interviewing me for.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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A rejection letter in my opinion is a nice touch.

Do you honestly want someone to call you just to tell you thanks but no thanks?
That seems odd to me.

An email/letter is actually a nicer way of rejecting someone, and saying thanks for your interest and time.

I doubt that with everything going on in todays workplace, someone has the time to craft a personalized rejection letter, its silly.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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I wouldn't want the phone call. An email would be just fine.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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Yep, I was in the top 3 out of 100 applicants and did a sample presentation and several interviews and the lady told me "We don't have time to inform the ones we don't select."

Two people is too many to inform????
need to look at the bigger picture. The above still means 99 didn't make it... for this one position. Assuming they were hiring for 6 positions at that time and each had similar responses. You are now looking at potentially sending out almost 600 rejection letters. Not saying they couldn't have multiple rejection letters based on how far you got... but at some point, it becomes time consuming. Especially when its fairly normal for all communications between the hiring organization and candidates to go through HR.

Again, not defending their actions. Some will send a template letters...others will only respond to those that make it. But just saying that its not just a few letters here and there.

To the OP - I think many have already pointed it out. It's nothing personal. Move on, and hopefully you get what you're after soon enough.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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seain dublin, Years ago, offices were overstaffed. Managers had secretaries whose true function was to make them feel important as they had direct staff. Today, with offices lean, and most likely filling dozen of spots annually, 2 letters of rejection times dozens is time not available.as the secretary who had nothing to do 90% of the time has been eliminated.

PLus, if corps sent out rejections, those cut before the final round would feel entitled too. Now we are up to 97 letters/emails per opening.

Just not a prudent use of time. I'm glad the OP got closure, but its not possible to provide that with the lean staffing levels necessary today.

Bob, in this scenario mentioned it involved sending out two e-mails.

That takes less than 2 minutes. It's a sign of the times and bad manners.

Has nothing to do with cuts in staffing.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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need to look at the bigger picture. The above still means 99 didn't make it... for this one position. Assuming they were hiring for 6 positions at that time and each had similar responses. You are now looking at potentially sending out almost 600 rejection letters. Not saying they couldn't have multiple rejection letters based on how far you got... but at some point, it becomes time consuming. Especially when its fairly normal for all communications between the hiring organization and candidates to go through HR.

Again, not defending their actions. Some will send a template letters...others will only respond to those that make it. But just saying that its not just a few letters here and there.

To the OP - I think many have already pointed it out. It's nothing personal. Move on, and hopefully you get what you're after soon enough.
Not all 100 applicants were interviewed. You don't need to send rejection e-mails to people who haven't even been seen.

But when someone comes in for 2 and 3 interviews, it is basic common courtersy to just let them know their status.

A quick e-mail which takes very little time is appropriate.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Not all 100 applicants were interviewed. You don't need to send rejection e-mails to people who haven't even been seen.

But when someone comes in for 2 and 3 interviews, it is basic common courtersy to just let them know their status.

A quick e-mail which takes very little time is appropriate.
I just want to add a fact that the group has 8 personnel and 1 Administrative Assistant. I communicated with the Assistant throughout the hiring process from phone calls to the meet and greet. The Assistant had plenty of time to call or send me a personalize email.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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seain, 2 or 3 might have gone to ALL interviews, but 25-30 might have gone to 1 interview. They invested time, too.

Sending emails is a slippery slope; you seem to think the 2 or 3 are owed one. Next, someone rejected in the round of 25-30 interviewed expects one. Multiply that hundreds of times per year, and its time not available.
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