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Pretending you didn't get their resumes is no way to deal with rejection. Applicants need to know when it's over.

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This story appears in the December 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Another week, another hiring decision. For growing companies,finding the perfect person for a job is just another thing to checkoff the to-do list. If one resume doesn't look good, keeprifling through the stack. You have plenty to choose from, and youonly have to call the best people. The rest should get the hintwhen the phone doesn't ring.

But for unemployed job seekers on the other side of the fence,applying to your company is a serious endeavor. Ignore them, andyou could be encouraging some desperate job seekers to become whatCarole Martin, an interview coach in Danville, California, and theinterview expert for Monster.com, calls "Tasmaniandevils": overly aggressive job "stalkers" who houndyou with calls and e-mails, or stop by the office hoping for someface time to find out where they stand.

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