When I accepted my postdoc, I notified the other schools where I’d applied for positions that I had accepted a job, and informed them I was withdrawing my application. These e-mails were politely acknowledged, usually with a friendly “congratulations!”, and I figured that was the end of it. But in the past week, I have received rejection e-mails from two of the searches from which I withdrew.
I’m sure that my name was simply on a list somewhere of “applicants who aren’t the applicant we hired,” and I really do appreciate schools that are conscientious about informing unsuccessful applicants that another candidate has been hired. Still, rejection letters kind of suck, and I can’t help being a teensy bit annoyed that now I’m being rejected by jobs for which I wasn’t even technically a candidate! Ah well. Just another oddity of the job market.