(Closed) Anyone ever withdraw candidacy after an interview?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it is very respectful.  You can even tell them another opportunity came up and you have to withdraw your resume at this time.  We had that happen at my former employer and nobody minded.  Obviously, we really liked that person but at least we were able to move on without any hiccups.  It’s better to let them know now than at the time they offer you the position.  Or, even worse, take it and then leave because you really don’t like the atmosphere.

Post # 3
5181 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

SoonToBeMrsD921:  I’ve done this. I actually had two interviews in one day and get an offer on site from the second interview and accepted it. I just included in my thank you note that I accepted another position and that I would like to thank them for their time but withdraw my application. You could lie and say you got another position (probably the easiest) or simply say that you have decided to withdraw your resume.

Post # 4
2258 posts
Buzzing bee

I have on a couple of occasions. I teach, and I knew after each interview that the schools were not going to be the right fit for me. I also teach something very specialized that few people are certified for in my state, so I told them fairly quickly afterwards that I was withdrawing my name in case I was a final candidate. Both times I called and sent a follow-up email thanking them for their time but that I was withdrawing my name. I think most people appreciate that so that they know they can move on to the next candidate. 

Post # 5
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

SoonToBeMrsD921:  WITHDRAW! There’s nothing wrong with turning down an opportunity you have absolutely no interest in.  

I turned down a job offer in the middle of an interview!  It was the first job I was offered an interview for out of college, so of course I was excited/nervous and so happy someone called me back for an interview.  I was told the position was an entry-level marketing (office, which was stated on the job description) job and given a series of interviews over three days.  In the middle of the third day I was told I was going to my final interview with a current employee at another location, so we get in her car and drive to what I thought was another office building somewhere close-ish.  NO. We drove a half hour away (I kept asking where we were going) and stopped in the middle of a residential community to do, SURPRISE, door-to-door canvassing. You also didn’t get paid if you didn’t sell anything (commission-only). I blew up, called a cab (and my fiance, crying my eyes out), and called my lawyer since the job was so terribly misrepresented and they had wasted three days of my time.  The ad for the job said “office” and “salary,” so they were pretty much screwed.  Worst interview ever.  

Post # 7
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve done it, and not because I got something else, but because when I met the guy who would be my boss he came across as a total dick, and I figured if that was how he acts when you first meet him, it can only get worse when you work for him.

I waited until they emailed me for references, and I just said that after some consideration I didn’t think we were the right fit for each other, and I wish them luck with the recruiting process. They emailed me back to say thanks for my honesty, so I’d say it went over fine.

Post # 8
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

SoonToBeMrsD921:  Don’t settle! If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Go with your gut on this one. Also, side note, am I the only person who has never heard of writing a thank you note for an interview? I have never done this and I haven’t ever heard of anyone I know doing this.

Post # 11
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

SoonToBeMrsD921:  Yes, don’t lie about accepting another offer! I withdrew from 2 previous job opportunities and one had asked me where I ended up accepting and the other also asked where I accepted and told me they would love me to reconsider and pay me more than where I accepted. I really did take a new job but it would have been uncomfortable had I lied!

Post # 12
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

SoonToBeMrsD921:  I did, believe me, and I hardly ever cry.  I absolutely lost it.  The cab driver thought I was attacked since I was such a mess!  

Post # 13
1522 posts
Bumble bee

I nearly did but they were ringing back within the week so I figured I would wait to hear the outcome before letting them know. I didn’t get the job anyway (relief) and she gave full extensive feedback which was great for me – win win. But if you know they are looking to fill the position soon then you can definitely let them know now. Its very respectful to politely decline and you can even tell them why – not that they are a bad company but that you honestly didn’t think you are the right fit. Tell them thankyou for everything they have done for you so far and wish them luck finding the right candidate. 

P.s good for you- so many people take jobs they know they wont like out of panic or fear to speak up and decline an offer. I think we often forget that we should be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing us!

Post # 14
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

SoonToBeMrsD921:  I live in California and write thank you notes.  Out here it must be fairly uncommon sense I usually receive a thank you from the person or they will say it was a nice touch when I start.

I’ve interviewed a lot of people and never once received a thank you note – the closest thing I guess would be a candidate I met at a college job fair that wrote me a very personal and well-throught-out e-mail thanking me for taking the time to speak with him.  That kid was a rockstar anyways, he didn’t need to remember that we spent a minute or two talking about cycling to land the job.

As for the dilema – I would politely decline.  You can always say that your situation has changed unexpectedly and that you must (regretfully) withdraw your application.  It is unexpected that you would feel such a bad vibe that you wouldn’t want to work there – but might as well be courteous if you may run into these people professionally.  I doubt they would pry and ask what changed.

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  Consultette.
Post # 15
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

SoonToBeMrsD921:  I also always was taught to write a thank you after an interview. (Kansas)

I agree with pp, I would think it would be most polite and respectful to withdraw sooner rather than later.

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