The Interview That Never Was

Below is an e-mail forwarded to us by a tipster trying to get a job in PR. It’s a rejection e-mail for a job she applied to:

From: Employer
Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:28 PM
Subject: Application Interview
To: Rejected Candidate


Thank you very much for your interest in our company. It was a pleasure meeting you.

We had quite a few people we interviewed (the selection was really good, including yourself – out of 8, you were in the top four) and we finally decided on someone that we feel is a perfect match. We have hired that person. Now, we will see how it works out. If it doesn’t, we will likely make contact with you to see if you are available, but hopefully you will have already found the perfect job by then.

Best to you,
Company X

Sounds nice, right? Top four! Here’s the problem, our tipster says: “He never met me. I was never interviewed. I was never even called IN for an interview….While I appreciate being given this formerly common and now rare courtesy in my career search, I wonder just what this says about the state of the office to which I apparently came so close to being hired.”


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