Fastest rejection letter ever.

It’s a little early for me to be looking for a job – I’m still working on my thesis and clearly won’t be done before the fall, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, right?

So, last night I came across a job posting on Linked in, posted by a “Staffing Consultant”, looking for a scientist for a big company in the states.  They want 6 years of next-gen sequencing experience (despite the fact the field is only 4 years old), and someone with previous experience in a management role.  I thought 4 years of next gen sequencing experience might be close enough and I do have management experience from before returning to school – so hey, why not apply, right?

Unfortunately, my ego might disagree after getting a quick reply.  (By quick, I mean less than 12 hours, which is a pretty impressive turnaround time for any job application.) The reply, however, was somewhat harsh.  I’ve paraphrased it, but this is the gist:

“Thanks for applying for this position.  We’re only looking at candidates with a PhD, work experience and management experience. We have a bunch of Post-doc positions on our web page – you should check them out and apply for something that fits your current level of expertise/education.”


On that note, perhaps I was a bit ambitious, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  (-:

7 thoughts on “Fastest rejection letter ever.

  1. By my reckoning there are <5 people in the world qualified by their criteria. They will get nowhere so maybe try them again in a few weeks.

  2. I’d be curious to know more. I may fit as well, or as poorly, as you to the description, but if all they’re worried about is the diploma and some post-doc experience, then I win.
    Would you mind to post some hints to let me find the offer on LinkedIn (or directly send it to me by email)?

  3. Hi Anthony,

    I can understand your response and hope you’ll find something better. With such a response it is a bad sign for the firm and you should be happy you didn’t get the job.

    I too am curious about the complete response. I find it more than a bit harsh to give such a response and so fast, as if they didn’t even care about it.

    Did you ever consider working in Europe (Germany)?
    We are currently looking for someone with working experience in NGS and Microarray analysis for our service team (which until now contain only me :-( ).
    I can’t tell you how it looks in a few months, but if you are interested to know more, just e-mail me and I can send you the link for the application with maybe a bit more information about our institute.


    • Hi Assa,

      I suspect that the contact person is simply a head hunter and they have a very specific idea of what they’re looking for, even if the company for whom they’re doing the head hunting doesn’t necessarily share their vision. In any case, I certainly wouldn’t assume that a head hunter is representative of the company for whom they’re doing the candidate search – although this type of response doesn’t reflect well on anyone who works with them. Really, I would never consider working with or for a head hunter who has so little regard for the people who have expressed an interest in a position. They’re most definitely burning bridges with people who will one day be senior and may, indeed, be the very people they are trying to attract.

      I was hoping Nicolas would respond with a follow up to his comments, as he also applied to the position through the same contact – and got an even faster response than I did. (I think 22 minutes would be a new world record for a job response.) The head hunter must have really been on her game that afternoon!

      As for your last point, I have considered working in Europe, although, with an anticipated completion date for my degree in October, I still have several hurdles left to clear before I’ll be ready to seriously commit to a position. I will, however, email you, as I am curious to know more about your work.


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