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How ‘Anodyne’ Communication Destroys Societal Trust
Playing The Devil's Advocate Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Blogger "dissention"

Posted on 01/11/2013 10:46:29 PM PST by grey_whiskers

A few months ago I went to an all expenses paid job interview in another city. The interview went well and I was one of the top 2-3 candidates. However I did not get the job, which is fine by me for reasons that I will mention later on in this post. I did however find the ‘rejection’ email interesting because it is one of the better examples of what passes for communication in the corporate environment today.

Here is the name-redacted email..

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: communication; corporations; sociology; whitelies
Interesting food for thought about socially-enforced dishonesty and insincerity, and implications for societal cohesiveness...
1 posted on 01/11/2013 10:46:35 PM PST by grey_whiskers
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To: grey_whiskers; neverdem; SunkenCiv; Cindy; LucyT; decimon; freedumb2003; ...
Interesting *PING* from elsewhere on the web...

Cheers!

2 posted on 01/11/2013 10:48:29 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

The point is, it’s “boiler plate”, a fixed form which presents a blank uncomprehending and uncaring face, whatever the words may purport to convey.

BTW, the term “boiler plate” refers to a permanently engraved printer’s plate carrying a fixed text.


3 posted on 01/11/2013 11:02:11 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: grey_whiskers

At least he got something.


4 posted on 01/11/2013 11:16:10 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: grey_whiskers

I think he should put on his big boy pants and grow a pair.

That was just another occutard whine, “They didn’t hire me and they used polite boilerplate to reject me”. Call the whaa-bulence.

Honestly, that was pathetic. And that BS that it wasn’t done that way pre-eighties is just ignorant and sad. Secretarial school use to teach how to write those letters on manual typewriters.


5 posted on 01/11/2013 11:44:08 PM PST by Valpal1
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To: grey_whiskers

I don’t know where the “today” came from, considering how common this sorta thing has been since the beginning of writing. Compootors may make us less forthcoming, honest, spontaneous, communal, or whatever, in many ways. But imagine what it used to be like in more rigidly hierarchical times. Do you think a boot black and his “guv’na” had genuine exchanges, or was it way mire formality tva. We can even imagine?


6 posted on 01/11/2013 11:44:23 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: grey_whiskers

I don’t know where the “today” came from, considering how common this sorta thing has been since the beginning of writing. Compootors may make us less forthcoming, honest, spontaneous, communal, or whatever, in many ways. But imagine what it used to be like in more rigidly hierarchical times. Do you think a boot black and his “guv’na” had genuine exchanges, or was there more empty formality than we can ever imagine?


7 posted on 01/11/2013 11:45:21 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: grey_whiskers

My comment:

“Reads to me like a pretty good letting-you-down-easy message that gets to the point and over with in the first paragraph. No beating around the bush or having to read all the way to the end. I suppose it could have had the subject line “We are not hiring you” so you wouldn’t even have to open it other than to satisfy any remaining curiosity.

“I’d be mildly interested in reading your idea of a better, less “anodyne” message.”


8 posted on 01/12/2013 12:02:44 AM PST by ExGeeEye (I'll give y'all 90 days for the wounds to heal; then we start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: Tublecane
I don’t know where the “today” came from, considering how common this sorta thing has been since the beginning of writing. Compootors may make us less forthcoming, honest, spontaneous, communal, or whatever, in many ways. But imagine what it used to be like in more rigidly hierarchical times. Do you think a boot black and his “guv’na” had genuine exchanges, or was there more empty formality than we can ever imagine?

Nice boilerplate!

And you're right: The author is a fool. No company wants to cite the true reasons ("affirmative action" etc.) for not hiring someone, which would open the door to litigation, and they have to write something, so they send platitudes.

Regards,

9 posted on 01/12/2013 12:36:27 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Valpal1

Exactly.


10 posted on 01/12/2013 2:43:51 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Valpal1
That was just another occutard whine, “They didn’t hire me and they used polite boilerplate to reject me”. Call the whaa-bulence.

Then he retreated to Mommie & Daddie's basement to pound out his useless plaint.

Sheesh. Be a man: get up, dust yourself off, and go do it all over again. What a worthless POS...it's no wonder he wasn't hired because behavior like this is sure to have come through in the interview. I sure wouldn't hire a person like this for my team at work.

11 posted on 01/12/2013 3:20:25 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: grey_whiskers

The letter was respectful and friendly. They went to he trouble to send it. I think the author is too sensitive. Btw, they were letting him know they were not going to have a relationship.


12 posted on 01/12/2013 3:24:18 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: grey_whiskers

Man iI dont know who peed in that guys post toasties but he is seriously depressed. Thats just a standard HR form to cover their butt and prevent lawsuits. Nowdays you are lucky if you get anything. The typical response is nothing forcing you to call and the HR dept to say No Thank You. What did they guy want? A letter that said we think you are manic depressive and we worry that you might come to work one day with an assault rifle...


13 posted on 01/12/2013 4:24:54 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: grey_whiskers

Man iI dont know who peed in that guys post toasties but he is seriously depressed. Thats just a standard HR form to cover their butt and prevent lawsuits. Nowdays you are lucky if you get anything. The typical response is nothing forcing you to call and the HR dept to say No Thank You. What did they guy want? A letter that said we think you are manic depressive and we worry that you might come to work one day with an assault rifle...


14 posted on 01/12/2013 4:24:54 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Valpal1
Call the whaa-bulence.

OK.


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15 posted on 01/12/2013 4:41:25 AM PST by Peet (Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei. (Monroe in "Grimm"))
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To: grey_whiskers

I think I see a reason they may have gone with another candidate: Our correspondent is obsessive and voluble over a slight thing.

Another way of looking at the email is that he was given the respect of an answer. That suggests to me that the Co. may not want to burn any bridges. As for “boilerplate”, maybe it would have helped if he included little animated butterflys on the borders? Geeez.


16 posted on 01/12/2013 5:37:24 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Being told you’re among the “top 2-3 candidates” means you’re toast. The rejection letter needn’t have been sent.


17 posted on 01/12/2013 6:14:28 AM PST by Orbiter
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To: grey_whiskers

Being told you’re among the “top 2-3 candidates” means you’re toast. The rejection letter needn’t have been sent.


18 posted on 01/12/2013 6:14:35 AM PST by Orbiter
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To: alexander_busek; grey_whiskers

Bingo.

Some (most) companies won’t even bother sending you an explicit message saying you were not selected, for many reasons, one of them also including not wanting to give away any information on the inability of the company to keep the position open due to economic / financial factors.


19 posted on 01/12/2013 6:23:45 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 01/12/2013 8:02:30 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: grey_whiskers

I get about a half dozen of those a day. I just note the message, delete them, and move on to the next one.


21 posted on 01/12/2013 9:49:59 AM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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