Tip: How Not to Reply to a "Job Filled" Notice

4 January 2008 at 2:15PM Leave a comment

Right before New Year’s, we had a flurry of hiring activity. When our top candidate for our web position accepted our offer, I sent my standard “Job Filled” notice out to the other candidates on New Years Eve.

I found these two responses in my e-mail box when I got back to the office. They were sent within hours of each other, but that’s the only thing that is similar. I’ve reproduced them here (minus deleting the contact info to protect the innocent.)

Which one of these candidates shows best How Not to Reply to a “Job Filled” Notice?

From: nisha
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 6:45 PM


Thanks For your email but I was not remember when I was apply this job.

But may be long back so don’t to sorry for me.

I m already in project full time


From: John
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 9:30 PM

Dear Mr. Troy,

Thank you for your kind response. Would you put me on your interested list if the hired candidate backs out? I would love to work for your organization as I am seeking a long term company to work and retire from.

Happy New Year!!!



For some reason, I’d rather consider John if I need another web person.

Note: According to my records, Nisha applied Wednesday, 28 November 2007 at 10:37 PM.


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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

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Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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