This post was originally published May 1, 2012.

What do you say to someone, or put in writing, informing them you are not going to hire them for the job they applied for? I think it's a serious question, and it is one I have written about on this site. And in fact, we received several good comments about the last story I wrote on this subject, so maybe it's time to revisit it.

Not now though. No, right now I want to show you a rejection letter, or more like a rejection rejection letter, or a rejection denial note, I stumbled upon via StumbleUpon.

Apparently it has been floating around for a while, but I haven't seen it before and thought I would share.

As for the authenticity of the letter, there is an area named College Hill in Worcester, Massachusetts, but I couldn't find any Whitson University. When you type in the name of the school in the rejection letter below, in fact the letter pops up.

So we'll just assume it's not for real. Fake or not, it's funny. Let us know what you think, and we will do the rejection letter subject on a more serious note soon.


Herbert A. Millington

Chair - Search Committee

412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University

College Hill, MA  34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16.  After careful consideration, I

regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me

an assistant professor position in your department. 

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually

large number of rejection letters.  With such a varied and promising field

of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. 

Despite Whitson's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in

rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at

this time.  Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor

in your department this August.  I look forward to seeing you then. 

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.


Chris L. Jensen

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