Why Would You Attack a Candidate who Turned Your Company Down?

TechCrunch posted about a company named PayPerPost whose VP of Development Peter Wright went on an offensive against a candidate who turned them down.

In an excerpt:

Now this: Today we were sent an ongoing email string between PayPerPost and an engineer, Lawrence Salberg, who was steered towards the company by a headhunter. After an underwhelming interview the candidate did some research and wrote back to the headhunter that he was not interested in the job, and in fact that he was so upset that he wasted his time that he didn’t want to hear about any of the headhunter’s other opportunities, either. “Remove me from your candidacy system immediately,” Salberg said in a long email outlining the reasons he would not work at the company.
That should have been the end of it. But the headhunter forwarded Salberg’s email to PayPerPost VP Software Development Peter Wright, who went on the attack. “I’m shocked at some of the statements in your email to Lori” Wright said in an unsolicited email to Salberg. Other gems aimed at the job candidate:

The candidate had all the right to tell the headhunter how he felt since time value is precious. I admit, I have done that so many times before and never did the company I didn’t like went after me; although, I did not think the headhunter told the company how I felt about them.
There are headhunters that send you to many companies just to hit their quota target for the month without regard of your interest and preference. I have had bad experiences with headhunters who toss me to companies who could not either afford my asking price right from the start or I just did not like the culture and the thought of working for them, even after I have communicated my preferences.
I learned my lesson and I always make it a point I knew which company the headhunter is eyeing me for and that they give me enough time to do my research on them. If I feel it is worth my time, I would agree to have my resume processed for screening.
As for PayPerPost, worry about why people do not see you as a great company to work for, and stop attacking your candidates since this doesn’t add up to your image.
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