A Romenesko reader writes: “So in the last 20 minutes I have received this email more than 15 times. Don’t rub it in Seattle Times. Most awkward job rejection ever. I’m assuming this has happened to about 249 other people.”
From: Cheryl Kaiser via SmartRecruiters
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM
Subject: Seattle Times Lifestyle Reporter Update
Thank you for applying for the position of lifestyle reporter at The Seattle Times. We received more than 250 applications, and it took us months to carefully consider them all. We have now offered the job to our top candidate, and that candidate has accepted the job.
We appreciate the time and effort that you put into your application materials. The quality of the work we received was impressive, to say the least.
Thank you, and best wishes for your job search.
I’ve asked Jacobson if she knows about the apparent glitch. Lisa Kennedy of Bhava Communications, who does PR work for SmartRecruiters, would not give me SmartRecruiters’ phone number, but promised to let the firm know I called.
Update — Jacobson tells Romenesko readers:
The Seattle Times has just become aware that a technical error caused duplicate emails to be sent to candidates who were not hired to fill our lifestyle reporting job. We regret the incident and are looking into what caused it. We’re also responding individually to candidates who are contacting us and are – understandably – aggrieved.
I meant what I said in the letter, however: This was an exceptionally large and well qualified group of candidates. The amount of talent in the pool was staggering. Each candidate deserved at the very least the courtesy of being informed that we had hired someone else for the job – though only once, not multiple times.