You landed an interview. Hooray! You picked an outfit, researched the company, and practiced questions. But, uh-oh, a few minutes into the process, you realize this position isn’t for you. Now what? Here’s what you should do if you don’t want the job after learning more about it in the interview.
Don’t Feel Guilty
When you realize you’re in the wrong place, you may believe you are responsible. You misread the job description. You didn’t do enough research. You should have known this organization wasn’t for you. Before you beat yourself up, remember, interviews are meant to help everyone learn more. The company wants to evaluate you, AND you want to evaluate the company. Sometimes things work out. Sometimes they don’t. It’s better to identify problems early in the process rather than after you’ve accepted a position.
See It Through!
You may realize within seconds this job is all wrong. However, that’s no reason to be rude. How would you feel if an interviewer dismissed you after two minutes? Stay attentive and involved throughout the session. Even if you’re certain you will NOT accept this role, you still can use this opportunity to practice your interview skills. Plus, sometimes when you express your concerns, the hiring manager may offer you another position that would be a better fit.
Although you should trust your instincts, be careful not to jump to conclusions. If you’re confused, request clarification. For example, let’s say there was no sign of travel in the job description, but the interviewer mentioned it five times. You could say, “Travel seems to be an important part of this role. How many times per month, and for how long would I be expected to be out of town?” This could clear up a misunderstanding. Maybe the interviewer is overly excited about a once-a-year conference coming up next month? Or maybe the job description does, in fact, need an overhaul?
Of course, you want to be fair too. If you have NO intention of accepting the job, don’t go through multiple rounds of interviews. This wastes everyone’s time. Once you’ve made your decision, let the hiring manager or recruiter know so they can shift their focus to other candidates. Be polite and to-the-point. “I genuinely appreciate your time, but I’ve decided to withdraw my application.”
Say Thank You
Regardless of the outcome, it would help if you expressed your gratitude for the opportunity. A quick handwritten note or email can leave a lasting good impression. After all, your industry is smaller than you think. You never know when you might run into this hiring manager or recruiter again.
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