By Ari Herzog
I responded to a job ad in July 2012 to work for an organization as their digital marketing manager.
The recruiter contacted me a week later on LinkedIn and scheduled a phone interview, followed by an on-site interview in August with a 4-person team.
The day after that interview, I said thank you.
I emailed my prospective colleagues a thank you note and indicated my excitement and passion for the position. I wrote that digital marketing was hardly a job to me but an extension of who I am. I said I wanted the process to continue and looked forward to a follow-up interview.
That follow-up interview never came.
Nothing came — until this week when I received a generic email with standard text. I’m sure you’ve seen it before.
After careful review of all applications for this position, interviews, and follow-up discussions with management staff, another applicant was selected to fill this position. As is often the case, the choice was difficult; each applicant offered a unique combination of skills and experience.
After 5 months, I could have written that myself.
Dear recruiters and prospective employers: If you’re not interested in a candidate, please tell that person. Thank the person for coming in and politely decline a follow-up interview.
I can take your rejection.
Other candidates can take your rejection.
Say thank you as soon as possible, not five months later.