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Not Interviewing Job Applicants At This Time
[Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr] [First Name] [Last Name]
[City] [State] [Zip]
Dear [Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr] [Last Name]:
Having been away from the office for a few days, I didn't read your letter of [Date], until today.
While I am sure the young man you wrote to me about wouldn't warrant the recommendation you gave unless he is truly exceptional, I believe it would be unfair to him to set up an interview at this time.
We have just had to lay off [--] employees and there is no way that I could justify hiring someone new under those circumstances. We anticipate that business should improve over the next [--] months, but for now, the timing is off.
I am sorry to have to disappoint you. You know, under the right circumstances, we are always looking for bright young people with potential.
Thank you for considering our company.
[Your Telephone Number]