Boyfriend just got rejected after spending 45 minutes annotating a video using a company's shitty product they asked him to learn and utilize for the interview itself.

He did a fine job, if I do say so myself.

He was rejected today, with no reason other than a list of "common things that might have triggered a rejection".

Oh and the classic "we're sorry, we can't tell you why we rejected you - but we look forward to you re-applying in 45 days!"

Why the fuck not? If you're a recruiter and you do this shit, go royally fuck yourself. It's so beyond unprofessional and there's zero reason for it.

If he fucked up and failed, fine. At least tell him why. Be fucking adults. Your shit fucking stinks just like everyone else's, this isn't American Idol or the Hunger Games; you're not President Snow, and even Simon will tell you why you suck.

Fucking aggravating.

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    You never tell people why they failed because you don't profit from that in any way and only open up yourself to legal hassle. Risk without profit doesn't check out.
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    It sounds like they rejected him because they only wanted free work.

    But @Fast-Nop’s point is true for the majority of cases. Unless someone is too green or some similar thing, there is no easy way to state why they failed, and it is very easy incur legal exposure. So generally you just don’t.
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    @Fast-Nop Most startups I've worked for happily tell candidates why they were rejected. Candidates are pretty much always grateful when we did, too. How would it cause legal issues, unless they're breaking the law?

    @Root that's what makes me nervous. It was a very recent video about NASA, too.
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    If you say something other than a canned statement and a lawyer can spin it that you were discriminatory in any light, they can have an employment lawsuit on their hands. It doesn't happen all that often, but a few significant cases make it industry trend, since HR peeps are herd animals who never saw a restriction they didn't adopt.
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    >About NASA
    Well there's your problem, your bf uncovered some deep truth and they need to discredit him....

    Remember what NASA stands for...
    Never A Straight Answer..

    Weirdly on topic don't you think?!
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    At nasa, we had 18,000 unique documentation and scientific drawing management applications, sometimes one per document type. It was one of my objectives to make them 1 thing. There are no straight answers in crazy town.
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    @junon It's sufficient if the applicant thinks they broke the law. Even if the legal hassle ends well for the comany, dealing with it takes away their time and therefore money.

    This is especially the case if the reason isn't lack of essential skills or so, but anything team culture fit.

    Telling only the clear-cut cases and not telling the others is also dangerous because if that gets known, anyone without stated reason could again claim that something illegal must have been going on, or else they would have stated a reason.

    Startups are often owned by fresh founders who still need to learn the hard way how that works. Once they've been burnt, they will change the company policy.
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    I think the 'legal issues' is kinda BS old wives tale / excuse for being lazy.

    If you give them a technical answer, there's not much they can do.
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    @SortOfTested I figured that was the case but that's just ridiculous. It's just companies covering their asses either due to incompetence or actual discrimination.
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    @junon People will apply and work jobs for the sole purpose of trying to file a lawsuit. These people exist.
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    @Demolishun They're not the majority, though.
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    @junon Then again, it takes only one to cause major hassle and cost.
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    @Demolishun Those people should not exist.
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    @junon Rules like this are put in place due to the sins of other people. I worked for a government agency as a subcontractor at one time. There were thousands of rules contractors had to follow. They were all due to over 50+ years of people pulling shitty stunts. I was told at the time the rules were in place due to the sins of others.
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    It sucks when they don’t say what you’re lacking in! What do companies even want out of candidates anyway?
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