Careers

polite way to inform a person that you will not be goin to the scheduled interview

  • Last Updated:
  • Aug 9th, 2010 11:19 am
Tags:
None
Newbie
Mar 2, 2010
23 posts
1 upvote
Ontario

polite way to inform a person that you will not be goin to the scheduled interview

Hey,

2 weeks ago I was called for an interview and it was scheduled to be this thursday. I have decided that I do not want to go to this interview as I have a couple other opportunities that look like they are in my favor. I also do not think I will like working for this particular company.

What could be a polite way to BS and let the person know that I do not want to go to this interview?
44 replies
Member
User avatar
Sep 9, 2009
324 posts
34 upvotes
Toronto
You have several days to the appointment, just call them and tell them to cancel because you'd like to pursue other opportunities. Be polite and thank them for their consideration. That's it. Don't wait until the last minute.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jun 20, 2010
2219 posts
496 upvotes
Why do you need to be polite about it? If you don't want the job just don't show up to the interview and don't answer their calls or e-mails, or if they do contact you tell them at that point that you're not interested. Just pretend they don't exist, it's what companies do to applicants when they're not interested. Don't go out of your way to be polite, there's no point.
Member
User avatar
Sep 9, 2009
324 posts
34 upvotes
Toronto
^ Because if you don't show up and don't bother telling them, they're going to be pissed - and I'd bet they'll get HR to contact you explaining why you didn't bother showing up. Depending on the industry, you could be blacklisted from all reputable firms in the region, especially if you're rude. I've seen it happen. Yes, companies do that to you, but life isn't fair - and right now it's not a seller's market, they have the advantage. Just let them know you don't want it anymore.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jun 20, 2010
2219 posts
496 upvotes
Laphroaig wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:18 pm
^ Because if you don't show up and don't bother telling them, they're going to be pissed - and I'd bet they'll get HR to contact you explaining why you didn't bother showing up. Depending on the industry, you could be blacklisted from all reputable firms in the region, especially if you're rude. I've seen it happen. Yes, companies do that to you, but life isn't fair - and right now it's not a seller's market, they have the advantage. Just let them know you don't want it anymore.
Lol what movie was this from?
Deal Addict
User avatar
Apr 1, 2006
3370 posts
334 upvotes
Brisbane
JK400 wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:12 pm
Why do you need to be polite about it? If you don't want the job just don't show up to the interview and don't answer their calls or e-mails, or if they do contact you tell them at that point that you're not interested. Just pretend they don't exist, it's what companies do to applicants when they're not interested. Don't go out of your way to be polite, there's no point.
Wow, that's terrible advice. I hope this isn't how you approach life in general. It appears you feel you were wronged by some company at one point, and you're out to get every company back?
Sr. Member
User avatar
Aug 1, 2005
793 posts
62 upvotes
Maybe just go to the interview anyways?

If it isn't a scheduling conflict, it can't hurt to do another interview - if only to polish and refine your interviewing skills. Also, your other opportunities might fall through and go nowhere.
Lastly, you should at least meet with the person before deciding the job and company aren't for you. Who knows...you may be impressed with what you see once you are through the front door.

It is not unethical to go to a job interview when you aren't interested in the job at all - otherwise, every job seeker should only apply to one job and wait until the company confirms they will not be interviewed before applying to a second job.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jun 20, 2010
2219 posts
496 upvotes
HoleyMoley wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:33 pm
Maybe just go to the interview anyways?

If it isn't a scheduling conflict, it can't hurt to do another interview - if only to polish and refine your interviewing skills. Also, your other opportunities might fall through and go nowhere.
Lastly, you should at least meet with the person before deciding the job and company aren't for you. Who knows...you may be impressed with what you see once you are through the front door.

It is not unethical to go to a job interview when you aren't interested in the job at all - otherwise, every job seeker should only apply to one job and wait until the company confirms they will not be interviewed before applying to a second job.
I like this. Either use the opportunity to your advantage or forget about it, don't waste your time.

Yes I am employed, I don't recall being wronged by any companies so that I would want to exact my revenge, it's just how the game works.
Deal Expert
May 17, 2008
15134 posts
152 upvotes
JK400 wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:12 pm
Why do you need to be polite about it? If you don't want the job just don't show up to the interview and don't answer their calls or e-mails, or if they do contact you tell them at that point that you're not interested. Just pretend they don't exist, it's what companies do to applicants when they're not interested. Don't go out of your way to be polite, there's no point.
This is dumb. You never know who you will run into again in the future. It is dumb to burn bridges like this when the alternative only takes a few minutes. Not showing up to an interview is incredibly rude and will really piss off the interviewer.

This is not "how the game works". Every reputable company that I have interviewed with has contact me afterwards to let me know the results of my interview, not avoided my calls. Some sketchy companies wont get back to you, but thats why they are sketchy companies.

Call the person, or even just send them an email explaining that you will not be coming to the interview.

I would say though, that going to the interview is likely the best idea. You only think that the other opportunities are more promising and that you wouldn't like working there. Things could change after the interview, and having more options is never a bad thing.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jun 20, 2010
2219 posts
496 upvotes
BornRuff wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 2:00 pm
This is dumb. You never know who you will run into again in the future. It is dumb to burn bridges like this when the alternative only takes a few minutes. Not showing up to an interview is incredibly rude and will really piss off the interviewer.

This is not "how the game works". Every reputable company that I have interviewed with has contact me afterwards to let me know the results of my interview, not avoided my calls. Some sketchy companies wont get back to you, but thats why they are sketchy companies.

Call the person, or even just send them an email explaining that you will not be coming to the interview.

I would say though, that going to the interview is likely the best idea. You only think that the other opportunities are more promising and that you wouldn't like working there. Things could change after the interview, and having more options is never a bad thing.
The point was that the OP didn't want to work for this company. He's just some guy they were bringing in to have an interview, they won't think twice about him if he doesn't show up, no one cares, there are no bridges to be burned because neither party will be interested in dealing with each other. Move on with your lives, there are lots more companies and lots more goons that the company can hire. No one gives a crap, seriously.

I already said what I thought about showing up for the actual interview.

This board really is full of a bunch of dinguses.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Apr 1, 2006
3370 posts
334 upvotes
Brisbane
JK400 wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 2:08 pm
This board really is full of a bunch of dinguses.
Dinguses that create entirely new attack threads about members they know nothing about (could have read revealing previously posted replies), and have never met?

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/truemana ... ds-909607/

I'm sorry dude, but it's hard to take your opinion seriously on this topic after that.
Sr. Member
User avatar
Aug 20, 2009
885 posts
114 upvotes
Laphroaig wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:18 pm
^ Because if you don't show up and don't bother telling them, they're going to be pissed - and I'd bet they'll get HR to contact you explaining why you didn't bother showing up. Depending on the industry, you could be blacklisted from all reputable firms in the region, especially if you're rude. I've seen it happen. Yes, companies do that to you, but life isn't fair - and right now it's not a seller's market, they have the advantage. Just let them know you don't want it anymore.
Well said. Its not good to burn bridges either.

If your industry is small or very specific then word travels very fast! Be nice even if you don't have to. No need to be vengeful or rude because it can come back and bite you in the a$$.
Warning: Hereinabove may contain traces of irony and/or sarcasm!
Deal Addict
Apr 8, 2010
1307 posts
55 upvotes
Burlington
JK400 wrote:
Jul 4th, 2010 1:12 pm
Why do you need to be polite about it? If you don't want the job just don't show up to the interview and don't answer their calls or e-mails, or if they do contact you tell them at that point that you're not interested. Just pretend they don't exist, it's what companies do to applicants when they're not interested. Don't go out of your way to be polite, there's no point.
If you cancel your interview it at least gives the employer an opportunity to schedule someone else who may want the job. No-showing just means wasted time and effort for everyone involved.
Sr. Member
User avatar
Dec 18, 2008
665 posts
4 upvotes
waterloo
You mentioned about having a couple opportunities? Does this mean you have a couple job offers?

Go to the job interview to gain some experience. If the job offer comes then you can chose to decline. Going to the interview doesn't guarantee the job offer these days. Most people these days are begging for interviews...
× < >

Top