How To Pull Out Of A Job Interview Process Without Burning Bridges

A job interview is a chance for the employer to get to know you and it’s your chance to learn about them as well. And sometimes you discover midway through your chat with a hiring manager that there’s no way in hell you want this job. Here’s how to get out of there and save some face just in case a better opportunity opens up at the same company.

  • Don’t Drop Out Right Before An Interview If You Can Help It.If you lose interest in the position the day before the job interview, recruiter Gabrielle Woody says it’s best just to go through with the meeting as scheduled. Woody believes that canceling inside the 24-hour window is “very inconvenient and could leave a bad taste in the employer’s mouth.”
  • In Your Rejection, Mention Which Roles Are A Better Fit For You. Don’t just turn them down, tell them what you were really looking for in a position. Career coach Jessica Hernandez recommends thanking the hiring manager for their time and noting what the job was missing in your eyes. That could mean mentioning you were hoping to have more of a leadership position or even that the salary wasn’t what you had in mind.
  • If You Can, Do This All Over The Phone. Much like a breakup, if you’ve already started chatting with a hiring manager virtually or in person, it’s best to call it quits with them via a phone call. Woody says “phone calls really do stand out [and[ gives the employer the opportunity to ask any clarifying questions that could set the candidate up for success in a future recruiting process.”

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