Kiwi business owner shares staggeringly rude response to job rejection letter

Ryan Baker couldn't believe what he was reading
Ryan Baker couldn't believe what he was reading Photo credit: Ryan Baker/ Supplied

A Kiwi business owner has shared what he's calling "a real doozy" of a response letter to a job rejection.

Ryan Baker is the co-founder and head of business software company Timely. 

Baker posted on Twitter on Saturday, saying he sent a pushy candidate some brief feedback on their email application. 

"Seems it wasn't welcome," he wrote.

The response he received was so staggering he couldn't resist sharing it.

"I really don't need your words of wisdom and would have thought you would have taken the moral high ground and learnt to 'shut-up'" read the reply.

"But obviously you have very little to do and write to me."

The jaded applicant then lists off their many accomplishments, seemingly to evoke jealously. 

They claim it is Baker's loss, as they are currently undertaking a math PhD at "the world's top 5 institutions," once walked into the office of prestigious banking firm Merrill Lynch and got offered a job on the spot and most cryptically - met the founder of Twitter.

"Have you met the founder of Twitter?" they ask Baker.

"I would like to challenge you to this." 

The letter ends on am impressively bitter note.

"I don't need to learn anything from descendants of convicts - thank you." 

Baker said on Twitter while he is a Kiwi, his mother is Australian.

"Perhaps they thoroughly researched?" he quipped.

He said he hesitated to share the response, as you never know what people are going through, but "it is a doozy worth sharing".

"I was reluctant to share it because I'm not in the business of making fun of people," Baker told Newshub on Monday.

"But there's a useful conversation about recruiting and how to approach it for both candidate and employer. I actually thought this candidate has some valid points and was quite entertaining," he said.

"I'm not in the business of being mean to people, no matter how nasty they may have been to me." 

Baker told Newshub while he has not met the founder of Twitter, if he had he would congratulate him on the recent changes to advertising made on the platform.  

Baker's tweet has received more than 100 likes and commenters are just as shocked as he is.

"Remarkable that they're doing a PhD at the top 5 institutions simultaneously," wrote one man.

"He wants to challenge you to... meeting the founder of Twitter?" wrote another woman.

Another user looked at the positive side of the angry email.

"Imagine the pain you have avoided," they wrote.



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