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. Sincerely, Chris L. Jensen