How to Deny a Job in Writing

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Denying a job in writing is never easy, but it does have to be done in a very particular way to avoid hassles later on. Deny a job in writing with help from an executive recruiter and career counselor in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Bruce Hurtwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing. You can find me on the web at How to deny a job in writing. In a word, carefully. The lawyers will tell you not to. They'll warn you about possible lawsuits. You write that you decided to go with a more qualified candidate. The rejected candidate finds out who you hired. He thinks that he is better than she is. The next thing you know, you're being sued for discrimination. The lawyers are right but they're also wrong. If you don't respond, then the candidate will be upset and will badmouth you. You don't need bad PR and the odds are you're going to meet that person some time in the future because you're in the same industry or the same profession and you don't want a situation where you're at an event and as you're walking by, that person says to the person who is standing beside them, I interviewed with her a couple years ago, thought everything was going well, never heard back from her, didn't even give me the courtesy of sending a note or picking up the phone. You don't want bad PR. So be polite and let the candidate know that you chose and here I'm offering a suggestion for a specific wording but I'm not an attorney. So, someone who better fits our needs or someone whose qualifications and experiences better fit our needs. Just to be on the safe side, run it by your attorney, and remember it's a generic letter that will fit for any position at all. We enjoyed meeting you but, and wish them well. Thank you for watching.


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