Thursday, January 22, 2015

Contest Entry: Rejection Letters, 5

A late but great entry!

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our advertised position. I am very sorry to announce that after careful consideration of your 36 page application by a panel of international experts, we are unable to offer you an interview.

If this makes you feel any better, please consider that despite flying 12 international experts in from around the world, spending an entire week sorting through all the applications in a very expensive conference centre, the result of this is nearly equivalent to a random process.

I say this constructively, i.e. to encourage you to apply again to any future positions we may advertise, since the quality of applications is ultimately uncorrelated with selection to the short list.

An. Eminent Professor (who also happens to be your former advisor).

1 comment:

Laura said...

This rejection letter is so brutal it makes me feel better about my life...I can't believe they could reject people like this!