Here’s a template you can use if you need to write an unfavorable or negative letter of recommendation for an employee or colleague.
Dear [Hiring Manager],
I am [Name], the [title] of [Company]. We employed [Employee Name] from [period of employment] as a [position]. [She/He] was generally tasked to [duty], [duty], and [duty]. I can say that [Employee Name] was generally not an ideal employee.
Although [Employee Name] can perform [his/her] basic job duties, [he/she] typically [did not complete/complete] most of [his/her] tasks [late/on time]. In my opinion, the tasks were usually [adjective] and [adjective]. I observed that [Employee Name] [was not/was] receptive of constructive criticisms and [failed/succeeded] to show improvement in her area of work. In general, [Employee Name]’s attitude in the workplace was [adjective].
[Employee Name] may have shown improvement since [his/her] time with our company. However, I am hesitant to recommend [him/her] for the same position.
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Other Free Letter Templates
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- Letter Rejecting Counter Offer
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