Send a Rejection Letter After a First Interview
In many companies, a job applicant is invited for an initial interview during which a basic assessment of his or her skills, experience, and potential cultural fit occurs. In some companies one individual conducts this interview. Increasingly, companies recognize the power of a candidate meeting more employees.
Multiple interviews are becoming the norm as employers strive to select superior employees. Consequently, the job candidate may be interviewing to obtain a second interview. You can use this rejection letter after a first interview to notify a candidate that he or she did not make the cut for a second interview.
The following is a sample rejection letter for a candidate who did not qualify for a second interview. This candidate was less qualified than other interviewees. He or she receives this rejection letter following the first interview.
Rejection Letter Sample Following Interview
Name of Candidate
City, State, Zip Code
Dear (Candidate Name):
We appreciate the time you took to come for an interview for our administrative assistant position at McColl's. You were not selected to return for additional interviews. We received applications from many qualified candidates, several of whom have more experience working with our Human Resources Information System, a key job requirement.
Thank you for interviewing with our team. Everyone enjoyed meeting you and we hope that you consider applying for our open positions for which you qualify in the future.
We wish you success with your current job search. We appreciate your interest in our company.
Real Person's Name and Signature
Example: HR Director for the Employee Selection Team
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Standard Application Acknowledgement Letter
More About Sample Candidate Rejection Letters
- See a standard applicant rejection letter that you use to respond to applicants who are not as qualified as the applicants you decide to interview.
- See another sample, simple rejection letter sample for applicants whom you reject without an interview.
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- See another sample rejection letter for use when you’d like the candidate to interview for a different job in your company.
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- Find another sample rejection letter for an applicant whom you hope reapplies in the future.
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- Find out more about how to write job candidate rejection letters.
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