Sick and tired of NOT hearing back from a company you interviewed with? Then, send them an ACCEPTANCE LETTER!!

NWP’s last thread inspires this thread.

About a year and a half ago, in the op-ed section of the New York Times was a piece from a fella who tried out for a copywriter’s job, took the company’s copywriter exam and then sent the entire schmengie and megillah and kit and kaboodle to the company, as required.

The gent did not hear back from the company.

He took the bull(shit) by the horns and fired off a letter to the head of HR that went something like “I ACCEPT the copywriter’s position. The benefits and salary are delightful. I will see you Monday” signed his name and hit SEND.

Within virtual moments, he got a reply back from the head of HR…and you are right if you guessed the head of HR had her Hahne’s in a knot over his acceptance letter.  He let them hang for awhile and then he finally fessed up to what he did…and WHY he did it.

I tried this myself, a few times.  This is all on principle — one guy replied to me and CC:ed a member of the company’s board of directors. Ha…. he went on and on to tell me “oh by no means was that an offer” and I replied back to him — and the board of director he cc’ed — why I did what I did. I got no reply back after that.

Guy #2 wanted to know What Job and I never offered you a job…you seemed like nice lady, though. Ha.

 The other 2 people? One called me and wanted to know what was what…and I got no reply back from the other 2. They duly ignored what I sent. 🙂

I wish I had the link to the article; when we were still on the BE board, I posted about my little experiment and included the link to the op-ed page.

I don’t know if NWP wants to try it, or if any of you do, just to see what happens… and just to prove a point.  THese people think nothing of just playing OUt of Sight Out Of Mind — come ON — how tough is it to send a 20 word email telling us “thanks but no”?????

To keep somebody hanging — particularly after they have completed a skill set test or have spent the entire day at the second interview — is just plain vulgar, crude and small minded. Get a GRIP, people — time is money and maybe we are only schmucks you rejected but do the right thing and send a rejection.

12 thoughts on “Sick and tired of NOT hearing back from a company you interviewed with? Then, send them an ACCEPTANCE LETTER!!”

  1. Not to mention that this is a second interview and they should have had decided who was getting the job within a reasonably short period of time. I’d say 4 days tops is the time limit — Christ on a Ritz, how many second interview candidates were there? Perhaps 2 or 3?

    Benefit of the doubt isn’t it — such as perhaps the company changed their mind and decided they were not going to hire anybody for that job right now, albeit there were already second interviews.

    This company not only is rude and vulgar — they’re also unorganized and they can’t find their ass with 2 hands and a proctologist, let alone decide on who is being chosen for a job.

  2. and not only that, it is time and money that is spent to process and grade and evaluate these exams and background checks.

    It is the principle of the thing — it is also courtesy — and you have no evidence if they have received and are in receipt of the information you sent them.

    Who knows? Anything could have happened on their end. Example: I interviewed for a job; potential boss went on and on about where I’d be working, etc.

    I leave interview. No hollaback from her. I gave it 2 more days, then called and left a message asking if i was still in the running or not.

    They called me a couple days later on Monday (I left msg on Friday afternoon) and told me the job was mine and the person who was supposed to call with the offer quit on Thursday.

  3. It might be satisfying to send an acceptance letter, but if there has been no offer, there can be no acceptance. There is no presumption in the favor of the prospective employee that they have been offered the job as long as they have not been disqualified or taken out of the running for the job in some way.

    One reason that companies do such a horrible job is that HR is being centralized in the case of larger companies, so the hiring might be staffed through a lot more layers of management than just the person for whom you will be working and their boss. Another reason is the sheer number of applicants. My rule is that if I am not called for an interview within two weeks of the closing date (if a cutoff is given, otherwise 2 weeks after I apply), chances are that they aren’t really interested in me, or in hiring anyone.

    I applied for a job in Maryland while I was in Germany. The website will tell you how many applicants there are, and in this case, it was 187. The job announcement was eventually cancelled.

  4. The thing is this:

    it is principle. The reason for sending the acceptance is to prove a point: the point being that it is just plain rude not to send a candidate a no when it is NO.

    How many seconds does it take to send an email or make a phone call?

  5. Especially when you contact them to boot. Years ago I interviewed for a pr specialist job and had to take off work (I still had a job). The pay was lower than what I was making but 5 minutes from me as compared to 1 1/2 hours and in my field. I had everything they were looking for and more. For example they wanted someone with experience in either Dreamweaver or FrontPage and I had both. I also had 10+ years pr experience. They seemed interested at the job but said they needed to interview further. Ok I expected that but then they said they would be calling for second interviews and the man made it seem like I was in the running. Normally I can tell if not interested but they seemed so into me and the fact I had EVERYTHING they wanted, including preferences told me a second interview was on the way. I even told close friends at my job that I was going to leave soon because of this. I would NEVER have said this if I wasn’t sure.

    So I called them because they told me if I didn’t hear for the second interview to call them so they could interview me a second time. I called them, and the one HR person told me she heard my name before (she didn’t interview me)and she would get back to me or have the guy get back to me either way, whether I was hired or not. No call either way. So the weeks go by and I’m thinking I am still in the running until I see on their website they hired for the position.

    Couldn’t they have had the decency to let me know it was a rejection? Since then I have seen other job openings but to be honest I am turned off by them that I haven’t re applied and that’s saying a lot because I try places I have interviewed before (and my upcoming interview is at a place I interviewed at 3 times before).

  6. Dude, sometimes they are better off not to remember you, particularly if you want to apply for a job again at the same place. A reason that people don’t write what I call “flush letters” to tell people that they have not been selected for a job is the decline in the number of administrative professionals who are hired. Another reason is liability, because companies may be worried about EEO actions.

    I used to work for a retired Army colonel who thought that he was the smartest person in the room, possibly the universe. A couple of times a week, he would ask me whose funding he could cut because they weren’t performing because he’d had some new idea. I got to a point where I told the people whose monthly reports that I was collecting that they were working against their own interests NOT to submit the reports as the contract required, because then their name would be on the tip of my tongue to give to my boss when he asked whose funding could be cut.

    IN most cases. people started submitting the reports as required, but about 10% of contracts that we had let were either not renewed or had their funding reduced, and then were not renewed. I used to manage research contracts, so the deliverables are a little more sketchy than a construction or product contract.

  7. I knew there was no chance I’d be going back to these companies to reapply for anythhing — one of the HR directors is no longer there. (I did research about the company and after I saw was on their board of directors, that was it for them.)

    I guess this is the new trend: you complete a take home exam and send it back…and no reply. Sad and sorry commentary of the times.

  8. I have been given those exams, submitted them then nothing. Several months ago I got an “exam” so to speak where they wanted me to submit a project that they could use without me being paid. I declined that because I am not going to do free work for the possibility I will get a job unless I know it’s legit.

  9. I remember the old days: it was a given you’d call to see if they got your resume, portfolio, exam or whatever it was you needed to submit. And you usually got an answer in a reasonable amount of time.

    After it left your hands, who knows where it went? This is why you call. It’s only common sense — and I also remember the days where you’d get a letter back from the job contact, saying they received your resume, etc.

  10. <p><p>I remember those. Also, remember when you would go to an interview and the first thing they would ask to see was your portfolio? They would look at mine, then they would ask questions about my skills. I rarely got rejected. Now, first they ask a bunch of worthless questions that have nothing to do with the job, then maybe they might ask for the portfolio or sometimes I’d butt in and show them. Reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode where Greg becomes Johnny Bravo because he fits the suit. The talent meant nothing to them at all, just fitting the suit. That’s how job interviews go today, all based on whether you fit the suit, aka answer the psych questions correctly.</p></p>

  11. And I also remember the days where you’d go to an interview and the manager would say to you, “Your resume/application is great; I have another job in the house that is much more geared to your skills and education” and you’d be sent to see the hiring manager in charge of that job.

    A guy I know got 2 or 3 jobs that way: he applied for one job but when he got to the interview, they sent him on to see another hiring manager hiring for a job a lot different than the original one he was after.

    And it is also a matter of “I really liked that person.” 99% of the time the hirring manager likes the applicant more than the rest of them — and the deal too is this: the hiring manager is most likely to hire somebody that reminds him of HIM.

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