Letâ€™s start by getting right to the point: When someone is rejected from a job theyâ€™ve applied to, they deserve to know as soon as possible. If they ask for feedback, it behooves you go give it.
Iâ€™ve searched for a job often enough myself, and watched plenty of people do it for years at a time, and it is hard. Itâ€™s a hard, hard process and it takes all of your energy just to keep up your morale. And as hard as it is to be on the side of the table thatâ€™s trying to hire someone, itâ€™s far harder to be the one whoâ€™s looking for a job. After all, your livelihood is at stake.
Coming at it from that perspective, I really donâ€™t understand why companies simply stop talking to candidates rather than rejecting them, and why they refuse to offer feedback when requested. A little empathy is in order. And if not empathy, some appreciation for the possibility that one day you may be on the other side of the table. Wouldnâ€™t you want to know that you were rejected? Wouldnâ€™t you want to know what you did wrong or what skills you need to improve?