Something potentially useful showed up in my e-mail today. I've never tried this tactic myself, but hey, desperation is the mother of invention. Wait... is that right? Dear Hiring Manager, Thank you for your letter of August 15. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me a position in your department at this time. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. Despite your company's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore I will assume the position in your department on September 4th. I look forward to seeing you then. Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.
try that in a marketing firm and it's practically guaranteed to work. i heard that General Motors, biggest company in world, loves assertiveness and won't hire you if you don't pass the following test: during the job interview for the marketing department, there are two interviewers, one sits behind you so that you have to turn your head to talk to them. the trick is that you have to ask the person behind you to move around in front. if you don't, you're not hired. cause it shows you're not agressive and you don't have a feel for good communication (while turning your head to talk behind, the guy in front can't hear, and vise versa, plus it's rude to turn your back on anyone in negotiations, etc)
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