More Rejection Letter Excerpts
"I am sorry to tell you that we have decided on another candidate for the position of assistant professor. We were very fortunate in having a remarkable number of excellent candidates like your self to choose from. Our final decision depended on the best fit between the candidate and the requirements and needs of our department.
I and the other members of our Search Committee wish you the best in your search for a position and success in your career."
This one seemed especially odd, since it almost reads like I went for an interview and they had it down to me and one other person!
"The Search Committee based its selection on complementarity of the applicant's research interests and strengths with those of our present faculty. We received a very large number of high quality applications for the position. We were all impressed with your research progress and with your plans for the future, but we have decided not to pursue your application further."
This one seems to suggest at least two things. (1) They already knew who they wanted when they advertised the position. (2) They were 'impressed' with me but think I'm too young (translation: need at least 6 years of postdoc experience).
And there were two more this week, both very generic "We regret to inform you that you were not among those selected for interview." (As if, it being April already, I hadn't figured that out by now).