It is very hard for everyone to say no. I envy the people that can be brutally honest with their rejections, but the reality is that not many people have that gift. Most of us can probably think of a scenario when we have decided to sugar coat something because we don’t want to hurt someone else feelings. This is exactly what I’m experiencing right now.

On Friday we offered a young woman a Social Media Strategist position, and when I was going over the offer with her she was ecstatic and very grateful for the opportunity to work with us. I left the meeting with almost 100% confidence that she was going to say yes. Then last night she responded and said this:

The Rejection Letter

Chris & SkEye Studios Team,

First, I wanted to thank you all so much for investing so much time in to this interview process, and taking time to get to know me in regards to my professional career and personal character. I was so excited and thankful to be so well received by your team, as I truly admire the work and progressive nature of SkEye Studios.

While I am incredibly grateful for the job offer as Social Media Strategist, I unfortunately have to decline the job offer. This decision has not been as an easy one, as it has been a goal of mine to achieve a position within an agency such as yours and grow within both the job description and industry. After carefully considering the salary and benefits stated in your letter, I must decline the offer, which does not meet the financial requirements of my overall living and school-debt conditions. I admire the work ethic, mission and goals that SkEye Studios abides by, and I truly wish that I could play a part in your ambitious team, however the financial issue is an unfortunate situation to face while in this position.

I wish you all luck in the next few steps you all take in hiring the appropriate Social Media Strategist, and I hope that our paths cross further down the line again. Thank you all again for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.

Sincerely,

Was she telling the truth?

I can’t decide whether the girl turned down because it was actually about the money, or if she was using that as an excuse. I sent her an email asking her what it would take to get her at SkEye, and I feel like she is now in a difficult position because based on her first email to me the only reason she was saying no was because of money. The way that I responded completely eliminates the excuse of money because she can pick the salary that she wants. I truly hope that it was really about the money and that the only reason she responded in the way she did was because she didn’t realize that everything is negotiable. But, for some weird reason, I feel like that is not the case. I feel like I have been played. Almost like I have been violated. I was extremely transparent and vulnerable with her, and it seemed like she was very interested and really liked what we were doing. But, when you are that open about who you are, and what you want to do, and someone hears you out, thinks about it, and then tells you no. It is painful. God how I hope this was about money. All I can do now is wait and see how she responds.