NUS Accidentally CC-ed Rejection Letters to All Job Seekers, Disclosing All Their Emails


Let’s admit it: E-mails rank among the worst things humans have invented.

The good news, however, is that we’re not the only ones who feel like that about e-mails.

After a slight mishap, the National University of Singapore (NUS) probably shares our hatred for e-mails too. Here’s what happened.

NUS Accidentally CC-ed Rejection Letters to More Than 200 Job Seekers

The Department of Philosophy at NUS accidentally CC-ed rejection letters to more than 200 job seekers.

We all know someone’s about to get fired for this. At least they can find comfort in knowing they’re not the only ones losing their jobs. They can join the crowds of Meta and Shopee ex-employees.

The university’s Department of Philosophy had unintentionally keyed the e-mail addresses of the intended recipients into the “cc” field instead of the “bcc” field. As a result, all the job applicants who received the e-mail could see the e-mails of other job applicants.

If you see your co-worker’s e-mail in the “cc” field, you’ll know you’re not the only one who wants to quit your current job. There’s solidarity in such a hiccup, I guess.

Public Apology Issued by NUS’s Department of Philosophy

The exposure of these job applicants’ identities puts them at risk of losing their current jobs, given that their existing employers may now be reluctant to renew these employees’ contracts.

It’s like asking your partner to stay together after you decide to look for another partner—you’ll be lucky if they’re forgiving.

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Knowing this, the hiring committee at NUS’s Department of Philosophy has since issued a public apology.

Aside from the public apology, the Department of Philosophy also sent letters of apology to the hundreds of affected applicants upon learning of their mistake.

If you listen hard enough, you can probably hear the “BBQ Le” TikTok audio playing in the background.

Recruitment Procedures Including Communication with Applicants Being Reviewed by Hiring Committee

We could all learn something from NUS’s Department of Philosophy’s public apology.

The department didn’t deny the mistake. In fact, they acknowledged that it was a terrible mistake on their part. They also acknowledged the impacts of their mistake on the job applicants’ privacy.

Maybe they read the influencer’s playbook on public apologies.

The department also added that they are currently reviewing recruitment procedures to ensure such an incident does not happen again. This includes reviewing the hiring committee’s communication process with job applicants.


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