“Thanks, but no thanks” – One of the most important communications in a job search

Chances are you probably already know the exact email or phone call that is being talked about. It will usually go something like this, “Thank you for your interest in this position, but we are going with another candidate who is better suited for this role” or “I think your company is great, just not the right place for me.” It can come from an employer or an employee, but either way it needs to be said respectfully and as soon as possible. An Executive Search organization teaches you many things, but one of the most important lessons has been the reiteration of transparency and respect to anyone that you communicate with.

A little extra effort goes a long way and here’s why:


Everyone deserves to know where they stand.

It takes 30 seconds to let someone know where they stand and most will appreciate it. Remember, it’s part of your company branding. On the flip side, if an employer calls or emails you because you may be a good fit for their job, call them back! Don’t go dark! It shows that you are not serious about your job search and it’s unprofessional. If you have decided to pursue other options or accepted another opportunity, just tell them. It will be appreciated.

Transparency is always the best option.

The business of people isn’t easy. If it was then everyone would do it. People can be unpredictable and we all have emotions. Transparency sometimes means giving people bad news. It’s natural for recruiting companies not to want to be the “bearer of bad news,” but it has to be done. If you are an employer that has decided you don’t want to hire someone because they botched a vital interview question, tell them exactly where they went wrong instead of going with the ever popular “We are going another direction.” Getting the right feedback could help them land their next role and they would have you to thank for it! Job seekers- this is a two-way street and the same goes for you. If you have another offer on the table or you don’t feel the culture is right for you, tell the hiring manager so that they have a chance to make a change or expedite the process for you. Transparency is the key, people!

Leave things on a positive note.

Transparency. Respect. Communication. All of these things will lead to a positive experience in the job search. The truth of the matter is that you never know when you might work with someone down the road. It may be in a new position, at a different company, for a special project, or any other number of reasons you would bump into them.

We implore you to think about how you will want them to remember you. Take the extra time to leave a positive impression on someone and they won’t soon forget you.