Which is better:
Getting a quick rejection (with an explanation, no matter how small)
Never hearing back
I'd rather get the bad news from:
I want to hear:
No reasons. The bottom line is all I'm interested.
A sensitive version of the truth, that points out my strengths as well as my weaknesses.
The reasons, not prettied up.
If you said other, what sort of thing are you thinking about?
Please explain your reasons behind your chosen explanation format.
How do you give people bad news?
After a lead-in/build up
Tenatively, assessing the situation to make sure it can be received properly
Delegating the responsible of telling the bad news to someone else. I have people for that.
Never mention it. Hope it goes away.
What methods did I leave off?
Normally this would be your free space to say whatever you want, but I'm thinking you should say something cheerful. I'm having a pretty indifferent day.