What should job seekers do if they realize mid-interview that they don't want the position?
It's important to first determine if there would possibly be any other
positions in that company that you might want to apply for now or in the future. If not, then it is appropriate to politely
tell the interviewer that you are not interested any more - here are some tactful ways to do that.
· "Before I
answer any other questions, I wanted to thank you for sharing more information about the position and company. Based
on this information, I believe there may be other candidates that are a better fit for this position so I am going to remove
myself from the hiring process at this time. Thank you for your consideration of me as a candidate."
· "Thank you for sharing more information about the position and responsibilities.
I apologize for any inconvenience to your schedule, but I believe that my current career goals are not a fit for this position
at this time so I am gong to remove myself from the interview process. I appreciate your time and your consideration of me
as a candidate."
For job seekers that don't want to verbally address this,
the other option (and the one to use if there is potential to apply for other positions in the future) is to write an email
immediately after the interview informing the person that you have decided to opt out. Something like this:
"I appreciate your time today. After our meeting and having a greater understanding
of the requirements for this position, I have decided to remove myself from the process. At this time, I believe there
will be other candidates that are a better fit for your needs."
key is to remain professional and honest to save time for the employer and you during the hiring process.
Quick Tips to Get Started Transitioning Careers
1) Identify what you do and don't like about your
This step lets you figure out the responsibilities and activities that you want to look
for in your next role, and which ones you may want to steer away from. If your past experience is personnel management
heavy and you want to be more project management focused in your next job then search specifically for positions with that.
Going through this exercise will also increase the chances that you will find an opportunity that you will enjoy and want
to stay in.
2) Find a job board site (or sites) that feature jobs in the industry you want
to transition to and at the level of expertise you have to offer a company.
Job boards offer a wide
range of postings, but doing research on where the companies you want to target post their jobs will maximize your time when
you are online. Consider posting a generic version of your resume on a larger site (Indeed, Zip Recruiter) so companies
can find you when they post jobs aligned with your experience. Take time on LinkedIn to update all of your information
and follow companies you may want to transition to - you will be notified when they post jobs on the site, so this is a time
saver. 3) Update all your documentation that you will use throughout the process; resume, cover letter/intro
email, work product examples, and follow up communication.
Updating your resume is obvious,
but you can prepare for all of the hiring steps before they happen to lessen last minute stress when you get an interview.
Have a few different templates ready for introducing yourself via email to people in your network or for posting on company
sites if they ask for a cover letter - keep these brief and to the point focused on the skills the company needs and your
specific experience. Organize documentation that shows your abilities and results achieved in your past jobs including
performance reviews, communication from your manager and co-workers noting your accomplishments, and non-proprietary work
examples to show as visual aids during interviews. Create follow up communication that can be tailored based on your
discussions with hiring personnel - be sure to highlight specifics on why you are a match for the position and thank them
for their time and consideration of you as a candidate.
Why do I need a network in my career?
For some people the topic of networking is overwhelming while others actively network on a daily basis.
According to data from LinkedIn, 43% of people currently have a strong network which means 57% of us need to be focusing
more energy on this to further our career. Your network can be crucial to your career no matter what phase
you are in. Here are some things to consider as you evaluate the current state of your network and determine
an action plan moving forward:
Is your network solid enough to support you in finding a new job? It’s
interesting to note that workers are 2x more likely to get a new job from weak connections than from direct ones.
This means it’s not only “who you know”, but “who do they know?” As
you look at your current network, are you being strategic about adding new people who have friends that may be able to guide
you to a future career opportunity.
Where are you tracking your network and it’s growth?
If you aren’t on LinkedIn, now’s the time to consider joining. You can make Connections,
see your Connections network, and follow companies that you may want to work for in the future. Building
your network should also include other websites tailored to your profession and organizations that you can affiliate with
to meet and communicate with people in your industry.
· How are you supporting
the people in your network? When someone reaches out to you and asks for an introduction, are
you responding right away that you are happy to help? As people find you online and ask to connect, do
you add them and send a personal hello message? If you find an article, webinar, resource that would help
others do you share that on your social media and/or via email? These are just a few ideas on how you can
collaborate and support the people in your network on a regular basis.