It cannot be emphasized enough: Sometimes you do not want a job. As much as we here try to emphasize how to ace your job interview so that the employers want you, you must also be willing to accept that you may not want the employer. Interviews are a two way street. They are your opportunity to found out more about the company, and as you learn more about the company, you may not like what you see.
Still, you always need to follow up with the company and thank them for the interview. You never know when you might need to be in the company’s good graces. What if someday the company gets taken over and you can tell it has become a better place? What if in the future, you realize there is a different role in the company that is more to your liking? Even if you believe that you are going to write the company off completely, you want to follow up if for no other reason than to appear to be a model employee.
Reasons You May Not Want the Job
There are an unlimited amount of reasons you may not want the job. Some of them may be obscure, such as you went into the office and found that your ex-fiancé that left you at the altar would be your supervisor, and you thought they had run away to Mexico forever. The most common reasons, however, are as follows:
- You did not get along with the person that will be your supervisor.
- You do not like the products and services the company offers.
- You realize that the salary is not commensurate to the amount of work.
- You do not want to work the hours that the company expects.
- You do not know how to do some of the tasks the company requires.
- You are pretty sure you didn’t get the job anyway, and just want to move on.
- You do not like the location/travel requirements, etc.
You may not even know why exactly you don’t want the job. You simply know that something is off and it is not the right place for you.
What to Remember When You Follow Up
You never want to insult or alienate the company. You always want the company to think favorably of you, because you never know when you will need to be in touch with the company again. So when you follow up, remember the following:
- Always sound positive. Claim that you enjoyed meeting everyone and that the company seems like it is definitely going somewhere (even if it isn’t). Thank the interviewers for their time and consideration.
- Gently mention that you have decided the company or the position is not right for you.
- Thank them again and emphasize how well the interview went.
- If you wouldn’t mind working at the company, but have decided that you don’t like the boss or the tasks, mention that though you do not think that the position is right for you, you would like to be considered for other positions in the future.
It’s not too hard. Essentially you should send a thank you letter as though you loved the company, while mentioning briefly that you simply did not think the position was right for you.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Always follow up, even if you don’t want the job.
- Always remain positive. Don’t mention the things you don’t like.
- If applicable, request to be under consideration for other positions in the future.
- Thank them for their time and consideration.