HR Strange But True!
April 10, 2008

If you ever wanted to tell an applicant the truth, and the whole truth, about why you rejected him or her for a job, maybe you will find satisfaction in living vicariously through the BBC.

The "HR monkeys and hiring managers" over at, a website devoted to laugh-inducing cover letters and résumés, have a rejection letter that the BBC allegedly (we use allegedly here because we are unable to verify the authenticity of the letter) sent to a candidate for a Web producer position.

After you read the letter, you'll have at least some clue about why the BBC went with another candidate. The first two paragraphs start out normally enough, however:

Thank you for submitting your application for the Web Producer role located in Gloucester .

I am now writing, with regret, to inform you that your name has not been placed on the shortlist of candidates to be invited for interview. I am sorry if this is disappointing for you.

In the next two paragraphs, the brutal honesty takes center stage:

We heard about your previous Internet projects, and, quite frankly, you scare us.

You may also like to note that calling our head of human resources a "skank ho" does not gain you any plus points when being shortlisted for a position.

Yours sincerely,

The letter has earned a spot in's Best of the Worst.

Sources: and the Globe and Mail's Office Blog

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