BLUF: How do you respond to job candidates whom you do not wish to interview:
A) No response
B) Generic thank you with nothing more
C) Decline e-mail
I am currently screening candidates for several open positions. The initial application requires a resume, cover letter, and brief writing prompt.
After reviewing these materials, I would estimate that I am inviting under 5% of candidates for a first-round interview.
For the 95% of candidates who submit materials but will never make it to the interview phase, what is the kindest way to respond?
In the past, my company has screened resumes, then sent a generic thank you e-mail saying "if we have a position that may be a fit, we'll contact you within 2 weeks." This e-mail only goes to candidates where we have no interest. Seems a bit unfair to keep them waiting when we know we'll never contact them again.