Denied, negative, rejection

Ever wondered how to write a job rejection letter that is nice, decent and positive in some way?

No better way to learn than check on how the big Fortune 500 companies do it.

In the example(s) below, I share some of the best job rejection letters before / after interview the industry has to throw at us.

Johnson & Johnson Job Rejection Letter

From: J&J Talent Acquisition <>
Subject: <INSERT_NAME_HERE>, Don’t Get Discouraged


Thank you for taking the time to apply to Communication Lead 2X0X8X0X3XW–xx appreciate your interest in joining Johnson & Johnson.

When you submit your application to us, we look for certain minimum requirements essential for the role.

Though your achievements are impressive, they didn’t exactly line up with what we’re looking for in this particular job.

For example, you may not have met the required years of experience, education or other minimum requirements.

We understand that being rejected is always disappointing no matter how far along you’ve made it in the process.

But, don’t let it hold you back.

Your relationship with Johnson & Johnson doesn’t end here, you can continue to search and apply for other job openings by visiting our Careers website.

We’re constantly adding new positions that may be a better fit for you.

We wish you the best of luck as you continue your search and we hope that this won’t be the last time we cross paths.

Johnson & Johnson Talent Acquisition Team


Cepheid job rejection email sample

From: Danaher HR <>
Subject: Application Status Update


We appreciate your interest in Cepheid and the time you’ve invested in applying for the Communication Manager – (Canada) position.

We decided to move forward with other candidates or have cancelled the position, but we thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn about your skills and accomplishments.

We will be advertising more positions in the coming months.

We hope you’ll keep us in mind and we encourage you to apply again.

We wish you good luck with your job search and future professional endeavors.

Best regards,

Talent Acquisition


ABB job applicant rejection letter sample


Thank you for your interest in working for ABB and your application for the position of
Global Thought Leadership Partner Communications Manager.

After careful consideration, we have decided to pursue other candidates whose
profiles more closely meet the requirements of the job position.

If you have no objection, we would like to keep your personal data in the ABB talent
pool for future job opportunities that might be of interest to you, in which case we will
be in touch. We also encourage you to continue to keep an eye open for our job
openings on our website

If you do not want your personal data to be available to ABB recruiters, you can log in
via this link: and delete your personal account.

Kind regards
The ABB Recruitment Team

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