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Ask The Headhunter: Dissecting a Rejection Letter from HR


Question: After I was tested and interviewed by the senior vice president of a local company for a senior executive assistant position, they dropped off the planet and made no contact with me. I sent an e-mail to the V.P. inquiring why there had been no contact, and the HR manager responded to me:

Your e-mail below was forwarded to my attention as [V.P.] is away.

Please be advised that we had not yet concluded our recruitment effort for this position. I appreciate that waiting can be frustrating and you may have preferred more frequent contact during this process. It is our practice, however, upon completion of the interview process, to contact all applicants either once they are no longer being considered for the position or to make an offer. You had not been contacted yet because you were among those being seriously considered for this position.

We have made an offer to a candidate today; therefore, this opportunity has now closed. Thank you for your interest in employment with [the employer]. We wish you well in your employment search.

Thank you, [HR Manager]

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