Sample Rejection Letters
For General Use

Thank you for your interest in the (Position Title), job posting (number), in the (Department Name). We selected a candidate whose qualifications best meet the needs of our department. 

We wish you well in your career pursuits.


Thank you for your interest in the (POSITION TITLE) position. We enjoyed meeting you.

Selecting a final candidate was difficult. However, we have selected another candidate who is well qualified and best meets our current needs.

We sincerely wish you the best in your job search and appreciate your continued interest in employment at Indiana University.


Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in _______ position with __________ (department), and for taking the time to speak with us about your qualifications and interest in the position.

You have many skills and abilities to bring to an organization. There were a number of qualified final candidates for the position and our decision was a difficult one. We have selected another candidate whom we believe most closely matches the requirements of the position and needs of the department.

Best wishes for a successful employment search.