Great Rejection Emails

Rejection is never easy, but radio silence is worse. We've searched the internet high & low to put together this definitive list of great rejection letters.

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From Google:

Hi ▬▬▬▬,

Many thanks for your patience so far.

Both ▬▬▬▬ and ▬▬▬▬ provided me with some great feedback (unfortunately it's our company policy to not give our detailed feedback) and they really enjoyed the interesting discussion they had with you, unfortunately the feedback score did not pass the bar to be able to invite you for an onsite interview.

However, I do encourage you to reapply for other positions that you might find interesting or re-apply in one year or so.

Let's keep in touch!

Thanks for your efforts and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

From Apple:

Hi ▬▬▬▬,

Thanks for taking the time to interview with us last week, we greatly appreciate your time and consideration. Unfortunately, the team has decided to move forward with other candidates at this time. I wish I had better news to share, but sometimes are managers are forced to make these difficult decisions.

Thanks again for considering Apple and best of luck in your job search!


From Y Combinator:

We're sorry to say we couldn't accept your proposal for funding. Please don't take it personally. The applications we receive get better every funding cycle, and since there's a limit on the number of startups we can interview in person, we had to turn away a lot of genuinely promising groups.

Unfortunately we can't give you individual feedback about your application. This page explains why: ▬▬▬▬

Another reason you shouldn't take this personally is that we know we make lots of mistakes. It's alarming how often the last group to make it over the threshold for interviews ends up being one that we fund. That means that surely other good groups that fall just below the threshold and that we miss even interviewing.

We're trying to get better at this, but the hard limit on the number of interviews means it's practically certain that groups we rejected will go on to create successful startups. If you do, we'd appreciate it if you'd send us an email telling us about it. We want to learn from our mistakes.

Y Combinator Team

From NPR:

Dear ▬▬▬▬,

Thank you for applying for the Newsdesk Intern - Fall 2020 role and for your interest in employment with NPR. We have been fortunate to receive resumes from many excellent candidates, so making our selection was quite challenging.

We have reviewed your resume and have carefully considered your qualifications. Upon reviewing and considering the full group of applicants, we regret to inform you we have decided to pursue other candidates for this position.

We appreciate your interest in the work we're doing at NPR and encourage you to continue to pursue other openings as they become available. We'll also maintain your records and should a position open that matches your qualifications we may contact you directly.

Our current employment opportunities are updated on our website here. ▬▬▬▬

You can also follow us on Twitter at ▬▬▬▬, for career opportunities at NPR and across public media.


From Major League Hacking Fellowship:

Thanks again for applying for the MLH Fellowship (Fall 2020). Unfortunately, after careful review, we have decided to reject your application at this time.

After reviewing your sample code, our interviewers did not feel confident that you have the right skillset for one of our openings in the program. Specifically, we felt lik the sample you submitted lacked polish that we'd like to see from applicants. While we know that one code sample may not be representative of your full abilities, unfortunately we need to be highly selective due to the limited capacity of the program and overwhelming volume of applications we receive.

The most common causes for this feedback are large commented out sections of code, forgotten debugging print statements, extra test files that shouldn't have been committed, and general code organization. When you're asked to submit a code sample for a job or highly selective educational program like ours, it's best practice to pay special attention to code quality. This helps ensure the interview can easily understand the code and that they fully grasp your abilities.

We know this is difficult news to hear, especially because the MLH Fellowship is an educational program designed to help aspiring technologists like you level up. However, this rejection is not us saying "Never", instead it's us saying "Not right now". We hope that you'll learn from the feedback included below and use it to apply again for a future batch with an even stronger application!

We wish you the best of luck and hope to see you reapply for a future batch after incorporating this feedback.

Happy Hacking,
The MLH Fellowship Team.

From Boston Consulting Group:

Dear ▬▬▬▬,

Thank you very much for your application and for your interest in a career opportunities with BCG.

After long and thorough examination, however, we feel that we are not in a position to further pursue your application.

We are sure that your excellent knowledge and qualifications will help you find a position that will fully match your interests and objectives.

Please follow our official accounts in Facebook and Vkontakte to stay in touch and get all news and information about our career opportunities, corporate culture and events:

For students and graduates: ▬▬▬▬
For experienced hires: ▬▬▬▬

We wish you all the best for your future.

Yours sincerely,
BCG Recruiting Committee
Moscow office
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