Let’s face it. The hiring process is an imperfect demon that often leads to job interviews for work that is completely wrong for you. Unfortunately, you also have times when job interviews make you want to get up and leave, politely of course.
Instead of toughing it out at your next pointless job interview, read these perfect times to walk out. Sometimes, walking out is doing everyone a favor while making a great impression.
When the job is the complete opposite of what was described
It happens. Somewhere between the online job posting, networking, and the recruiter, the job details get lost. Suddenly, you find out the pay is terrible, the job title is misleading, and the requirements have changed.
Classy move: Quietly let them know this is not the job for you. Thank them for their time and leave.
When you find out the job is a scam
The job you found online called for a “Director of Corporate Development” with a pay range of $100K-$150K. You go to the job interview and get pitched a business idea for a company. Then, it turns out the salary was the estimated guess of the person who posted the job. Simply put, you were lied to in order to get you in for an interview. Don’t expect things to get better from there.
Classy move: Let them know you are not interested and leave.
When the interviewer asks inappropriate questions
The job interview is going well. Suddenly, the interviewer asks you questions about your age, weight, marital status, or starts making vulgar, suggestive comments. Bailout and leave. This interviewer has the business sense of a caveman and is clearly unaware of EEOC laws. If you do not sue the company, somebody else will and this is not the company you want on a resume.
Classy move: Thank the interviewer for his/her time and leave.
When you see the company will be a problem immediately
You show up for the job interview and the receptionist is rude. The place smells funny and does not look clean. Employees are arguing. You sense tension as people point and whisper at you. It is probably a good idea to pretend this interview never happened.
Smart move: Just leave. Pretend you never showed up. You can see the place is toxic. It is best not to associate with anything that leaves you feeling sick from a 1st impression.
When the company’s service offends you
Let’s say you are an animal rights activist. You go to a job interview only to find out the company has a fur trading business under its umbrella.
Classy move: Hey, be honest with yourself. You should have done your company research, first, before applying. Let them know the job description is a bit different from what you had expected and thank them for their time.
When there was a miscommunication
Sometimes job titles change and even though you are a Customer Service Manager, for example, you thought Customer Success Manager was the same thing. The hiring manager describes the job to you and you find out it is a sales role. No worries at all. This happens as businesses change job titles to attract employees with certain skills.
Classy move: Let them know you were not aware Customer Success Manager is a sales role. State the type of skills you do have and let them know you would still like to work for the company, but you know this is not the position for you.
You made your great impression by showing class, poise, business judgment, and an attitude that screams, “Company comes first”. They will also remember you for saving them time by ending the interview.