How Should I Reject A Job Applicant For Being Rude?

How Should I Reject A Job Applicant For Being Rude? - Gettyimages 1289411362 511991 columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues–everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.

Here’s a roundup of answers to four questions from readers.

1. How can I tell a job applicant we rejected them for being rude?

I work in retail and accept applications in person. It’s a great vetting tool to see how applicants introduce themselves to the sales staff. When an applicant looks down on sales staff or is otherwise pushy or rude to them, we treat that as a signal to not proceed to the interview stage, even if the person has the experience and skills on paper for the job.

We send form rejection emails to those applicants. When they reply and ask for feedback as to why they were rejected, how can I politely tell them we do not interview candidates who are rude to our staff?

I’d recommend against it. First, this is exactly the kind of feedback that’s most likely to result in a…

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