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Saying no is tough: The best way to reject a job application

A hiring manager's job involves saying 'no' properly and knowing the consequences of doing so

Luigi Leonardo | Tech In Asia 

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Being a is difficult. Deciding whether an applicant is the right fit for your company is one thing. Rejecting the applicant is another altogether.

Like a tabletop roleplaying game, your actions can have profound consequences on the future of your company. Here’s how it can play out.

Your company gains an embittered enemy. -2 reputation

So the applicant was possibly the worst application you’ve ever had to process — incomplete requirements, late for the interview, sloppily dressed. Nothing gives you more pleasure than to reject this poor excuse of an applicant. But whoops, he feels so entitled that he gets angry with your company.

Or, it could be worse! Your applicant’s childhood dream might have been to work for your company. But you rejected her outright because she wasn’t a good fit for the company. It’s sad, but it happens. She didn’t take it the right way. Her perception of the company has now soured. She has resorted to spreading foul rumors about the company.

You gain a future applicant. +1 reputation and +1 future

When you carefully let the applicant down, you’re saving your company’s reputation as a kind-hearted and just corporation. At best, the applicant will still favor your company for future applications. After she gains more experience, she might apply again to more favorable conditions.


You match the applicant to another opportunity. +1 talent and +1 reputation

A “no” isn’t always a “no.” Sometimes, a candidate who doesn’t fit in the position she applied for is a great fit for another opening in the company. The ability to match applicants with other openings is a testament to your skill as a



This is an excerpt from Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here

This is an excerpt from Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here

First Published: Mon, July 03 2017. 11:43 IST