Reconsider contact & follow-up methodsCatching a prospective candidate at a bad time is not only common, it should be expected. If you automatically get shut down, use a different method of reaching out to them. Instead of selling the position, ask questions to figure out why they’re uninterested and use this information to your advantage.
Change your vantage pointSo, an attempt at outreach resulted in an angry candidate response. When you’re in constant contact with new people, you’re going to come across a few that have had a rough day or are just plain mean. Don’t take it personally. The longer you stew over a rough interaction, the more it will affect your attitude towards the rest of the candidates you reach out to.