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Career Prep: Is It Wrong To Cancel An Interview?


Job search takes practice – just like studying for the SAT. That’s why we came up with daily Career Prep questions to help you “study” for your job search!

Here’s today’s question:

Is it wrong to cancel an interview?

Elise had a third interview with a company last week that she really likes. They told her she was one of the top three candidates for the job. Her best friend works there and said she heard (via the hiring manager) Elise was the “top pick,” but that they had to interview a referral candidate from another department before she could be extended the offer.

Today, Elise got a call for an interview with a company she applied to a month ago. The pay and benefits aren’t as good as the job she is hoping to get at her best friend’s employer. But, it’s closer to home and there’s some real potential for advancement. Elise decided to pass on the interview.

When asked why, she said, “I’m going to be getting an offer soon from another company. It doesn’t make sense to interview someplace else if I know I’m not going to take the job if I get this one.”

Was Elise:

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  1. Very poor choice; as Alice said “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

    We’ve had plenty of situations where things seemed positive for a candidate but then a final interview with Candidate 2 had us changing direction.

    The better option? Tell this other company that you would be interested in coming in for an interview (after all, if you applied to their company it should have been somewhere you would seriously consider…) but want to make them aware you are in the final stages of the interview process with another company.

    This gives me (as HR rep from the calling company) the knowledge that we will need to move fast if we want to hire you and gives you, the candidate, a back-up if things happen to fall through.
    Go to Youtube and search for ‘bike race fail’ – the first result (26sec clip) could be you if you’re not careful!

  2. It’s never a good idea to “count your chickens before they hatch.” Just because you’re the top pick at any given point, until you have the job offer IN HAND, you are still looking. What if the internal candidate is also a great candidate – they have the edge in that they’re internal, already know the company, etc.

    Many companies give preference to internal / referral candidates. Not a good move in my opinion.

  3. I was sure I was going to get my dream job at one point. And I ended up the runner up… I was back to square one and actually ended up unemployed for 6 weeks [I had served in AmeriCorps so that job had an end date].

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