I think it would be the hardest thing ever to the candidate; any thoughts?
Date: 15 Feb 2014 00:17
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Yeah, that's rare. I had it happen once. The phone interview seemed to go well. Dude told me to call if I hadn't heard back in a week. So I did. He called back a few hours later to say I didn't get the on-campus.
I respect him. The rest can suck my ass.
Yes, I once had a chair schedule a phone call with me where she then told me that they were not going to hire me. It was awful. I'd never heard of anyone calling to reject someone, so I had assumed that she was calling to offer me the job.
I had a Skype interview scheduled, and at the beginning of the call, I was told that they were hiring someone else (it was for a postdoctoral position and they wanted someone in the area who didn't have to move). It was irritating.
Getting rejected hurts no matter how you get the news. I had someone call and leave me a voicemail telling me they hired someone else. In the voicemail they told me that they were calling to make the rejection process more personal, which I believe was intended to be a good thing. The rejections that have hurt the most have been the ones where I hear nothing for ages, and then finally write for a status update, and in 5 minutes they write back saying 'no'.
I interviewed at a place this fall and found out I was rejected via one of those canned emails you get if you're not interviewed. Pretty tactful.
schedule a phone call to tell you that you are rejected? I think this is the most cruel thing that could happen to a candidate!
Getting a call would be much better than some of the rejections I got. In one case, the rejection letter arrived 18-months after I had applied for the position. Needless to say, I was hardly surprised by the rejection.
I hate how you know it's a rejection from the first line of the email, for example, "thank you for your time applying to the position." You know the rejection is coming in 1-2 sentences! But you still have to read through "we had lots of promising applicants" and often "this year's applicants were extraordinarily qualified" before you get to the punch. That said, I have received some genuinely kind rejection emails for which I'm grateful. It's probably worse being on the other end breaking hearts.
I got a phone call from the search chair immediately after the decision meeting. Probably illegal, but very cool.