Candidate rejected via mocking text containing emoji

Candidate rejected via mocking text containing emoji

Turning someone down for a role via text is bad enough – however, one interviewer has left a candidate feeling shamed after using the ‘crying with laughter emoji’ in a rejecting text.  

Megan Dixon was interviewed by Assistant Manager Shantel Wesson for a waitress position at a new branch of Miller & Carter in Leicestershire.

Shortly after the interview, Dixon received a text from Wesson that read: “It’s a no.”

When she questioned the decision, responding with: “Okay, how come?”

The interviewer sent the response: “Just not engaging. And answers we're ‘like’ basic,” followed by the crying with laughter emoji.

The A-level student told The Sun: “At the end of the interview, I asked when I would hear back. She told me it was never more than a few days and she had my email.

“And the laughing face emoji was so unprofessional. It was a really b***** thing to do.”

Dixon also alleged that Wesson’s behaviour during the interview was unprofessional; she didn’t have the applicant’s CV to hand and swigged coffee throughout.

A spokesman for Miller & Carter told the publication: “We can’t apologise enough to Megan.

“It was never our intention to be disrespectful or upset her in any way. The texts were sent in error and were intended for our manager, not the candidate.”

Recently we spoke to Vicki Salemi, a Career Expert for Monster, about why recruiters and hiring managers must uphold a professional manner.

“Be respectful of [candidates] time, don’t play games and treat them professionally -which means things like not responding to messages on their phone while the candidate is speaking,” she advises.

“It's critical to the hiring process that everyone involved keeps this in mind because one negative experience with an interviewer can negatively damage the candidate's image of the entire company as a whole.”

Comments (3)

  • Rob
    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 9:41am GMT

    This much uproar about being turned down for a job.

    Who cares, she was hardly being personal, she just gave an honest assessment and feedback.
    Granted it wasn't in the manner that the interviewee wanted but do we really now live in world where we have to sugarcoat these delicate souls because their feelings will get hurt with rejection?

    It's life, it is tough and if your biggest concern is the manner in which you got rejected for a job then think yourself lucky.

    If the interviewer is texting, make yourself heard. impose your personality on the interview, engage them.

    If they're sipping coffee, what is the problem? IT'S A COFFEE, hardly a bottle of Jack Daniels.

    The ''Millennials'' are delicate little creatures and they need to toughen up.
    All the constant crying and whinging is getting boring.
  • Jess
    Thu, 9 Feb 2017 1:39pm GMT
    That's disgraceful...
  • Mc127
    Thu, 9 Feb 2017 1:28pm GMT
    Whether comments were for a Manager, what a disgusting and unprofessional way to refer to someone maybe their jobs and roles in that business should be looked at!! Awful!!

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