Company compares applicant to Einstein despite rejecting them from a job

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Job application rejections are one of life’s grim inevitabilities, but it doesn’t make them any easier to swallow.

They tend to take the form of boilerplate emails or, at best, a more personal message along the lines of “thanks but no thanks” – companies generally steer clear of adding insult to injury.

So one jobseeker was left stunned when his prospective employer chose not to let him down gently, but with a sarcastic thump.

Tamsyn Fox, who uses male pronouns, shared the unnamed company’s brutal letter to him on TikTok, describing it as “the worst job rejection letter I've ever received.”

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Reading it aloud, he recited: "We’ll cut to the chase: your application wasn’t successful. And who knows, maybe we’ve made a big mistake? Albert Einstein couldn't land a job as a maths tutor for kids, and Spielberg got rejected from film school. Crazy right?"

He continued: "The [sic] guess the point is: every great success story begins with little [sic] failure. We've had our fair share of failure too. Even though you won't be joining us just yet, who knows what the future holds?

“Prehaps [sic] you'll prove us wrong (we certainly hope so). Stay hungry, stay foolish. Sincerely [...]." (Tamsyn said he didn’t reveal the name of the sender because he didn’t want to be “sued”.)


thanks for patronising me into a rage that can only be desrcibed as ‘firey’

The message was met with outrage by fellow TikTokers, who lambasted its “patronising” tone.

“Dodged a bullet honestly,” one wrote.

“We’re not like other companies, we’re fun,” mocked another.

“Why does it feel like an elder millennial wrote this?” asked a third, to which Tamsyn replied: “LITERALLY I FEEL LIKE A PAIR OF SKINNY JEANS WROTE THIS.”

“Why does this read like something from Innocent Smoothies?!” asked a fourth, prompting Tamsyn to point out: “They’re trying so hard to be quirky and it’s not working.”

Others focused on the sloppy typos in the text, with one saying: “PREHAPS. A copy-and-paste standard email and they couldn't even be arsed to proof read it?”

Another said: “I'd just correct the spelling and grammar in red, and send it back.”

So let this be a note to employers: when you’re letting down a job hopeful, keep it snappy and sober. And maybe give it a read-through before you hit “send”.

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