How to Tell an Applicant They Didn’t Make the Cut

When should you tell someone that they didn’t get the job?

The short answer is: as soon as possible after the decision has been made. Don’t leave any applicants hanging. Waiting too long will leave them feeling confused and wondering if they should reach out to you. The sooner you notify the applicants, the sooner they can move on with their job search.

How to break the news that they didn’t get the job?

There are many ways to tell someone that they didn’t make it through the hiring process.

What happens after you break the news that they didn’t get the job?

After you’ve notified an applicant about their hiring status with your company, let them know that their resume will be retained for future consideration if another suitable position opens. This can help with future hiring efforts and show your appreciation for the candidate’s time and consideration.

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Shawna Lake

Shawna Lake

Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies-keeping job seekers and employers connected to what the other side needs and wants in today’s job market.