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A woman has revealed that she was turned down for a job eight years after having applied for it.
Zoe Johnson was pretty surprised recently when she looked at her LinkedIn messages and saw that the school she messaged looking for a job in 2013 had only just got back to her.
The 39-year-old had sent a message to a school in Canterbury, Kent, asking about a vacancy for a teaching assistant role.
However, after not hearing anything back for some time, she determined that she must not have got it and moved one, and has since become a successful businesswoman.
But last week, she finally got her reply.
It said: "Hi Zoe, Thanks for reaching out, but I'm not interested."
Speaking about the bizarre reply, Zoe told the Mirror that she thought it was pretty funny.
She said: "It was quite to the point and I thought saying 'thanks I wasn't waiting on it'.
"It was just funny - because when you send the message on LinkedIn they can accept or reject it. She chose to reject it so I couldn't respond to it and say anything.
"I don't get why she bothered either all these years later? When I originally messaged her it was quite a long but polite message.
"I asked who would be the best person to speak to etc. But the exact response was 'Hi Zoe, thanks for reaching out, but I'm not interested. Thanks for reaching out'.
"It is just funny because it was quite short."
At the time of applying for the role, Zoe had only recently launched her skincare company and was looking for some part-time work to keep her going.
But fortunately for the mum-of-two, she didn't end up needing it as she has made a big success of her firm, employing six members of staff and planting thousands of trees through its environmental initiative.
Investment platform Invezz said that it was very surprising that the school had waited almost a decade to reply to Zoe about her application.
The company warned that it's never a good business decision to be rude to people looking for a job.
"It's never a good idea to be rude to people applying to work for you. It won't endear them or anyone else to apply," said a spokesperson.
"And with the market being massively in favour of workers at the moment it puts the ball firmly in their court."
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