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Don't worry about it. Manager A thought highly enough of you to recommend you apply for Team B. You have nothing to apologize for regarding Team A. They only had one opening to fill and you may have come in a close second.


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Standard as in ethical: Yes. Standard as in practice: (Unfortunately) No. My thoughts are that company of this size with quite a large HR department should be professional enough to inform me if my application has been declined. Mostly on the contrary: Small to medium size organizations are seen to be more professional in this regard, but that's my ...


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Well, you can certainly ask for the reason behind rejection, however whether you are going to get a response or not, depends. Sadly, many cases, after having a negative result, recruiters choose to cease communication. Very few number of cases actually end up providing a reason or feedback. To be clear, this has nothing to do with the nature of the work (...


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Please don't judge the organization based on a group email from Human Resources! They probably have a new-hire checklist they're following. They probably have a few-years-old email message they send to everybody. They, almost certainly, did not write this email and have superficial knowledge (if that) of what it contains. Plus, they mentioned "topics ...


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Companies don't hire skills. They hire people. The phone interview is a chance to see the person behind the skillset, and see what your experiences have been. Maybe you weren't what they were looking for, and that's fine. However, you made a mistake by unfriending him on LinkedIn. You just burned that bridge and guaranteed you won't get another interview. ...


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Write them up an email to express you still desire the position. The best case is they bring you in for a interview. Worse case is they'll tell you to leave them alone. I recall once I had a interview at this place and I thought the phone interview went great. They sent me a email saying they found someone else. I then noticed they reopened the same post so ...


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Should I mention a company's apparent lack of diversity when rejecting their offer? Noooooo. No. Just no. You have nothing to gain and a lot to lose. While you may think that it would be a kind thing to point out that a company or department appears to lack diversity, there's just no way to phrase this that isn't going to come across negatively. You're ...


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Likely, the rejection letter was something auto-sent and there was a miscommunication in the process. However, this is a case where you have a clear path forward to find out what happened. Simply call up the hiring manager, explain the situation, and ask. Offer letters are not usually accidentally sent, but rejection letters can be set up to send to ...


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You got rejected, and then you assumed the worst. Here's a possibility: You had a phone interview, which went well, but there were more phone interviews. One of those people got interviewed, turned out to be absolutely brilliant, an offer was made and provisionally accepted, so they sent rejection letters to everyone else including you to avoid stringing ...


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Companies this size have serious issues with the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, or worse, not knowing if the right hand even exists. You had a somewhat successful interview. There are 3 jobs and 50 candidates. Some are clear "no"s, a few are clear "take him to the next level"... but there are also ones stuck in the middle. Good ...


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As they rejected your application (no matter the reason), it will not be very productive to ask for another position within the company, but you still can keep the open door for future opportunities. You just have to formally allow them to contact you again in the future, and to state that you are interested in the company, not only in the specific position ...


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Just take the position with Team B and be happy. Don't try to manage how people think of you because you literally have no way of knowing what they actually think. Be the best coder you can be and enjoy your new job. There's nothing wrong with different roles. You just weren't suited to one but you clearly are for the other. That doesn't mean it's a failure....


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It helps to understand how this part of the hiring process typically works. In some companies, including IBM at that time, your interviews start a time-out running in the HR office. If they haven't heard any of the managers say they want to hire you within some number of days, they automatically send the "sorry" note rather than rudely leave you hanging. ...


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What you don't seem to be understanding is that while the job seemed perfect to you, you did not seem perfect to them. Other people did a better job than you did and thus were selected. Hiring is a competition, you did not place first. Since word is you need to wait a year, then that is what you do. You don't bug them every two weeks in the meantime either. ...


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Yes it is quite common. the company may not be immediately interested in you but after a search may decide they want to speak with you. If they send you a rejection letter outright then they are in a worse position. Also rejections seem personal to the applicant when often they really just mean you didnt make the cut this time. The easiest way to ...


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What does it mean exactly when they say "please keep in touch"? Is it just a polite thing that is customarily said or do they expect me to actually "stay in touch"? It's just a polite thing. They are hoping you'll reapply next year. Take the time to boost your knowledge in the areas which need improvement and reapply in a year or so if that works for ...


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Is it polite to reply the email and point out that i had the same role before and my employers were more than happy ? or it wont make a difference ? i'm afraid that it might look rude. It's not rude, it's just usually a waste of time. It sounds as if you are imagining that replying to a rejection letter and pointing out where the rejecting company was "...


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The problem with asking for rejection reasons is that it is very difficult to get interviewers to reveal their true reasons for rejection. They often don't really know themselves why one applicant made a better impression on them than the other. If they do know why they made the decision, they might often be reluctant to reveal it. This is because it might ...


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If you're at the technical test/interview stage then you must be in communication with the recruiter (whether by email or telephone or some other means). That's the best channel to ask this question, and the best time is after you have received a rejection. Simply send the recruiter a polite request, something like: Hi, thank you for your assistance ...


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Just thank them for the kind offer and say it is not ideal for your personal circumstances. Wish them the best.


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You should react by moving on and continuing your job search. You'll apply to many jobs that you think you're a perfect fit for and get no response or rejection; don't take it personally. Just because it was a "positive phone interview" from your perspective doesn't mean they were impressed with your qualifications. It would be unprofessional for an ...


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I am going to point out that many people who did not do well at the interview think they did brilliantly. Just because you have all the technical skills doesn't mean they think you will fit in. Technical is typically only 30-50% of what they are looking for. And I personally have interviewed plenty of people who thought they had the technical skills but ...


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Was it unethical to reject the job twice ? NO Could I have done anything to handle the situation better ? I don't think so. You declined a 1st informal offer. Nothing wrong about that, it happens, no big deal. When you declined the second offer, you apologized profusely over phone and over email. My 2 cents: So, I reached out to the bigger startup ...


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As someone who has done hiring (and started with a pile of over 500 resumes), hiring managers and HR do not want you to send them any emails after you have been turned down for a position. This kind of email is basically wasting their time and shows you in a negative light. This type of thing is more likely to get you put on a list of annoying people we ...


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Sounds like the company didn't think you were a good fit for the first position you interviewed for, but now they have another opening that is a better fit. You left a good impression and they would like to consider you for this new position. The key word is consider. You do not have the job yet, but there is a good chance you will get it. This does happen ...


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This can happen if you apply for a specific job requisition but get an offer for another. The system sees you as not having been offered the one you applied for - even though you have an offer elsewhere. If you apply for a "bucket category" (maybe college grads, etc) this happens when that req is removed/cancelled/etc. Because you were rejected for that req ...


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You don't. There is no benefit of responding to a rejection email from an external job, and even less if it's automated/templated. That reason could mean a large variety of things, you could be overqualified, they could have found someone more qualified, they could have posted the job knowing who they would hire, etc.


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It is unlikely that going around the recruiter is going to work out well for you. I wouldn't suggest it. First off, there are reasons that companies use recruiters as the front-end of the hiring process. One of those reasons is that it allows the hiring manager to avoid getting buried by resumes that haven't gone through a reasonable level of vetting. If ...


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Now you can probably understand my frustration as I was really excited for this interview (even informed a few friends/family). I can only assume that this is the first time this has happened to you. I know multiple people who are at the top of their careers to whom this has happened a dozen times in a year. This is perfectly normal. The job market is ...


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