I recently applied for a graphic designer job and the company rejected me for the sole reason that "my logo was green."
Originally when I applied, HR contacted me and said they were impressed with my CV and scheduled me for an interview with the company heads. However, this did not push through and I was given an exam instead. My exam was to create a study for a logo. For my first two tries, they said my designs lacked impact but encouraged me to submit one more. For my third try, they flat out rejected me, saying, "Sorry, you did not pass. We find the color green too dull."
It was the most lame, arrogant, tactless and unprofessional reason I have ever encountered in my entire life! I mean, it would have been better if they had sent me a generic job rejection letter grabbed off the Internet. The way I was told was just something I could not accept.
Also, exams are supposed to just determine if a person has skills and potential. It was not to be used as a final material as stuff like this requires a detailed client brief and meetings to ensure that targeted design options are produced on the outset. For this exam, there were no clear instructions and I was given full creative freedom. And so what if I used green? It's only a color and for sure it's not something that cannot be corrected! And the strange thing was, the second study was actually green too, so if they hated the color green in the first place, they would have told me prior to letting me create a third one.
Not to brag but I have a very solid work experience and impressive portfolio, but apparently, these were all outweighed by the color green.
Anyway, my point is, I want to tell that lady from HR that the way she informed me was really unprofessional. Her job is simple and she can't even do it graciously. She was rude and even had the nerve to add smileys on her message. You don't send out rejection letters with smileys! I hope you can help me and give me advice on what to do. I really want to write her that letter but I'm not sure how to get started.
Don't write the letter. Put it behind you and move on.
One of the following things is going on here:
1. You were rejected because your designs didn't fit what they were looking for, not solely because you used the color green. But the HR rep heard some mention of the color and just passed that part on to you, rather than the larger explanation. This indicates lack of common sense on her part, but might make what she said more understandable.
2. Your designs didn't fit what they were looking for, but they're not designers themselves and lack the vocabulary to explain what wasn't working for them, so you ended up with this comment about green, which was only part of the story.
3. They really have a problem with the color green, and they meant exactly what they said. In this case, take a sigh of relief, because you just dodged a bullet. This is not a job you want. (It's legitimate to have color preferences for particular projects, of course, but this was an application exercise without back-and-forth to draw out the look and feel they're going for.)
So in sum, either they made a reasonable decision to reject you but it got communicated badly, or they're crazy people you don't want to work for anyway. Neither of these calls for an angry letter, and sending one wouldn't be in your interests -- you could run into someone from this company at some point in the future (someone who didn't play a role in this process but heard about it), and then you'd be the crazy guy who they remembered ranting about his rejection. That's not helpful to you.
So chalk it up as an amusing story to tell in the future, and move on.