The working world has changed dramatically, and no one knows that better than job-seekers do.
You never know what you're walking into when you go on a job interview. It could be a warm and wonderful conversation with thoughtful, interesting people.
It could be a half-day in hell being grilled, insulted or left to languish in a windowless conference room (without a snack, a cup of coffee or even a glass of water).
Keep in mind that you always have the option to get up and leave a job interview that doesn't feel right. Whether you are working right now or not, you are a free and independent person. You don't get paid to go on job interviews.
It's your time, and you get to decide how to spend it.
Part of a job-seeker's assignment is to keep your spidey sense on full alert and pay attention to the people and the energy around you.
Sometimes you'll go on a job interview and know within ten minutes that you don't want the job for any amount of money. You can stick around until the end of the interview if the people are friendly and respectful. Relationships are important. There's no need to bolt from a job interview just because you can tell you don't want the job.
You can send them a polite message when you get home to let them know the job is not a good fit for you, at least not right now.
At other times, you will realize that you don't want the job, but you will also see clearly that the interview you are in the middle of (or awaiting in your windowless conference room) is a waste of your time and energy.
You don't have to stay and slog through a painful interview just because you agreed to show up. You can take off! If the interview turns into an ugly experience, there is no need to stay until the interviewer wraps up the conversation. You can leave any time you want.
Here are 10 good reasons to leave a job interview.
1. You don't feel safe in the interview location.
2. The work environment is disgusting -- in disrepair, dirty and depressing.
3. Your interviewer is rude. The minute you arrive they start ordering you around: "Sit here. Take this test. I'll be back." You are an experienced professional. Why are they giving you third-grade-level tests to complete? Get out -- this interview process will not get better!
4. There is no opportunity in the interview for you to say anything of substance. Your interviewer's eyes are glued to their script of brainless interview questions. They tick off the questions as they ask them, and don't make eye contact with you. Why stick around? This company does not deserve you. They will never see your talents -- and you deserve to work with people who do!
5. When you arrive for the interviewer they are flustered. They weren't expecting you. They behave as though you are a pain in the neck for coming to your interview and bothering them. No one knows what to do with you, and this kind of mix-up seems to be an everyday thing in this company. The receptionist starts calling people and leaving angry voicemail messages for them. The receptionist says "If I can't reach anyone within twenty minutes or so, you can go home. Someone will call you later." You want to say "Tell them not to bother!"
6. They are not interviewing you so much as they are selling you on taking the job. Their script is polished -- they have said these words to many other job-seekers before. The job sounds too good to be true. If you are suspicious, your trusty gut is doing its job!
7. The interviewer seems to be unaware of laws and regulations regarding appropriate and inappropriate interview questions. They think nothing of asking your age, marital status and other personal questions that have no place in a job interview.
8. During the interview they tell you that if you get the job, you'll need to hand over your contact list to them and it will become company property.
9. You meet your department manager, and he or she is dreadful. The minute you two sit down together, you feel insulted and attacked. "Great resume," said the toad, "but did you really do all this stuff? Like this here -- you didn't make that $7m sale by yourself -- I can tell just looking at you!" As the interview grinds on you become certain that your prospective boss is someone you would never voluntarily speak to again, much less work for.
10. Your gut says "Get out!"
It's easy to leave a job interview, and it is a major step on your path to do so the first time. That's because you have to step through an invisible membrane to get your tush up out of the interview chair and say "I'm leaving."
The invisible membrane is made up of all the nonsense we learned as children -- nonsense that tell us job interviewers stand on a higher plane than job-seekers do. It feels a bit scary the first time you terminate a job interview early, but it gets much easier after that!
Here's how do it it:
Interviewer: So like I say, you'll only get a week of vacation the first year but after that we add one vacation day every year so by the time you're here six years you'll have two weeks, which isn't bad.
You (rising, extending hand for a quick shake): Thank you so much for that explanation, Susan. I really appreciate your time today. It doesn't seem like a great match between us and I'm so conscious of the demands on your time so I'll be going -- I can show myself out -- thanks again!
Exit, head to the gelato shop and treat yourself!
It's a new day. You get to decide -- and by the same token, must decide -- who to work with and how to invest your precious time and energy. Choose wisely. Only the people who get you, deserve you!
Posted by Maye Rosales on 1st March 2017