i don't want to hire you back

Canada
February 27, 2013 1:08pm CST
i had a student last year who was not good with her job duties. she was on a student grant so i kept her on just because of that. she keeps emailing me asking to come back this summer. not sure how to politely say you were a terrible worker.
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@MandaLee (3700)
• United States
27 Feb 13
Hi, I would just tell her you are sorry but you don't have a position for her. Thank her for her interest.
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• Canada
27 Feb 13
only problem is i have been approved again this year for student grants and she checks the website for that grant where mine will be posted.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
27 Feb 13
just thank her for her interest and tell her that you have gone in another direction and her position is not available for her any longer. my boss did that for one of our co-workers. she was only willing to work part time so he let her go because they wanted to hire someone else for full time instead.
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@savire (204)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 13
Well kinda understand what you are going through. I once was having a close friend of mine asking me to help his brother in law for a technical junior developer job at one of my project offline. I said it's okay and let him work for me for quite some time. But somehow their fellow peer keep reporting that his work not quite good and he keep abandoning his tasks middle way. Well to make sure that just not an envy from his peers then I try to secretly watches his work and giving some tests and the result is their peer not lying about that behavior. So I decide to call him and have a private chat with him. I ask him if he's having problem with his daily life outside of the project. At first he won't admit it, but later on he told me that he's having trouble with his girl friend. After hearing that then I asking him again if he could commit with his job or not if I gave him some time to finish his problem first. He said it's okay. So I gave him break for a couple of week and he's back at me. But after that event he keeps doing the same mistakes and always gives different reason which getting weird each times. So after quite some time I called him again and try to be honest with him. I told him that we here working for the client. Since we are project based if we are not perform according to the schedule we can't get our payment in time and that just not you alone but for the whole team. So if you kept making mistakes like that it's just not fair for the others. I have giving you quite some chances to mend your behavior but looks like the result are none. It's a hard decision for me but I have to keep the other team members paycheck paid at the scheduled time so there's no other choice for me right now. I hope you understand this decision had been made because of your own result. I do giving you chance again to join the team once you could comprehend what was your mistakes. I will talk with my friend regarding your situation. Some years later he joins me at different project and he has matured quite a lot. So I think however the situation is being honest with the case and explain the historical process behind our decision is quite a polite way to reject someone rather than giving some excuses that will break their feeling later. That's just my opinion based on my experience.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Mar 13
I know that you don't want to hurt this girls feelings and I wouldn't want to be the person that would hurt her feelings either. However, as you've stated, she wasn't a person that really did a good job with her job. I think that there is really only one way that you are able to respond to her and that is to tell her that you really do appreciate the fact that she is interested in returning to work for you but at this time you don't have any openings that are appropriate for her job skills.
• United States
28 Feb 13
If have to be honest with her. She will not go away until you sit down with her and BE HONEST. Tell her whats going on. That she wasnt great at her job. Honesty goes a long way. Maybe she doesnt know this about herself. Ask her if she KNEW what she was doing when she was there the previous summer.She may be messing up on other jobs and doesnt really know it (until someone fills her in). This will eat you up if you prolong the situation. Also, giving her another chance isnt a bad thing. At times in our life we make choices or mistakes that lead us to fall behind. But these choices makes US a different person. A great person in the end. So until people accept those that have fallen behind, we will never know the true outcome of how a person has changed if we keep looking at their faults.... If you do hire her back, see if you or someone can train her (only if she is showing the same results).See if she is willing to do this.
• India
28 Feb 13
Be honest ,tell her ,her shortcommings ,simply by enrolling her again will not help either of you .
@Raine38 (8907)
• United States
27 Feb 13
You can just tell politely decline her offer and say you no longer need her services. You don't even have to tell her any reason, just leave it at that. I know you are just trying to spare her feelings but hopefully she will get it, that you wouldn't have to spell it out to her.
• United States
27 Feb 13
I am sure you would agree honesty would be the best thing for all involved. Write her a nice and simple letter letting her know your true feelings about her past work. it will get her off your back an she will respect you for being honest.
@BarBaraPrz (16797)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Feb 13
Besides being honest? Just tell her you're not hiring this summer, or that you've already filled the position.
27 Feb 13
you might tell her that many was interested for the job and since she was late on applying she didn't make it.
@blackrusty (3532)
• Mexico
27 Feb 13
well I would email her back tell her that you look for new people every year and that you don't bring people that have already worked for you so that others gain work experince yes might be a lie but then you wont get all the emails
@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
27 Feb 13
I've had to do that before with a temp employee. Thanked them for their time with our company. Said that we didn't have a position available. Wished them luck and signed it Warm Regards.