Telling Someone They Did Not Get the Job
Receiving news of a job rejection is never pleasant. As such, it is important to make sure the person being informed hears it in the safest, most supportive and sensitive way possible. Here are a few tips to ensure the person being told they did not get the job feels respected and support in the aftermath of a job rejection.
- Explain the decision kindly, respectfully, and as tactfully as possible.
- Be sure to focus on the positives, such as their strengths and qualifications.
- Avoid making comparisons to others who were chosen for the position.
- Maintain the same thoughtful tone throughout the conversation.
Rejection does not necessarily mean the person was not qualified, it may mean they were simply not the right fit for the current role. Providing feedback on what was lacking and what skills need to be worked on can give the job seeker guidance on how to improve in the future.
If possible, offer the job seeker resources to hone their skills and receive additional job offers. These may include online courses, volunteer opportunities, or job-hunting tips that could help them out in the future.
Make sure the conversation happens in a setting that isPrivate, respectful and considerate of the job seeker’s feelings.
Rejection is hard to hear, but it is important to be mindful of the sensitivities involved. Being kind and offering resources can help relieve stress for the job seeker and make the message easier to receive. With this approach, job seekers can absorb the news with support and walk away feeling respected and valued.