Letter Rejecting An Overqualified Applicant

How do you reject a candidate and let a candidate know they are overqualified? This is the sample letter rejecting an overqualified applicant :

Your Name
Company Name
Street Address
City, ST ZIP Code

Recipient Name
Organization Name
Street Address
City, ST ZIP Code

Dear Recipient Name:

I can’t tell you how narrowly you missed acceptance for a position here in the financial analysis section of Advanced Technology. I seldom make it a practice of explaining the reasons to any applicant we turn down, but in your case I’d like you to know so you can benefit by our opinions in your search for the right employer.

The fact is that you are overqualified for even the top assignment in the department. We could not, in good conscience, hire you to fill a position that leads nowhere and where future salary increases would be small and far between. I suggest that you apply to several of the other technology factories in our area that are two or three times our size and would be more likely to have the right spot for you.


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