I was more than thrilled to read a recent article written by Liz Ryan, http://www.humanworkplace.com, a contributor to Forbes.com.
“Five Good Reasons to walk out of a job interview”
I had not been on an interview since 1978. Fortunate enough to have been gainfully employed until the sudden death of my husband occurring in 2012 when I elected to take a very long extended leave of absence.
Upon returning to the workforce in 2015, I could have in no way been prepared for the progression that has taken place, with what are now referred to as “recruiters” and/or the totality of the interview process.
Stupid questions is the first thing that comes to mind, one of the first frustrations I encountered. “Are you a motivated person?” Does he really think that I – or anyone else will respond with the answer, “well no – not really” … next came the panelist interview, that indeed Liz Ryan spoke of in her article. I ‘ll be honest, there was a sigh of relief – that I was not being hyper-critical, that the barrage of non-relevant questions being asked had simply nothing to do with the position or inline with my qualifications and years of experience.
By the time I reached the third appointment my approach and/or tolerance had changed considerably and indeed I “walked out” of the interview. I had only empathy for the young man who was conducting the interview on that day, as he fumbled through his sheets of paperwork, reading from a list of questions and then carefully recording my answers. I wondered if he even knew what the job entailed – the job he was interviewing me for? An executive level position. Liz Ryan’s article also made reference to “the hair standing up on the back of your neck” and your gut telling you “RUN” … perhaps that was in fact what I was feeling – but you’re not suppose to be rude during an interview or at least that was my belief system. I asked him if the position was newly formed or was someone currently occupying the title – if not why did she/he leave. She’s hard to get along with – he said, they’re going to let her go at the end of this week. The demands of this particular job would require due diligence … so was she just a difficult person or did upper management deem her difficult because she sought to do her job well. Since I had no way of really knowing – the red flags began to wave, all the same!
He then referred to a bullet point noted on my resume [which at that point I was almost certain he was prompted to ask], under budgetary control, a 53% reduction in annual costs of a particular area within the company. At which time I responded, “that my in-depth knowledge of industry trends, supported by my strong analytical and critical thinking skills I was able to identify the operational problem existent in both project and program techniques, and provide a comprehensive approach, to develop and then implement an improved process.” I purposefully spewed my dissertation, I know – I know … but his reply – priceless, “wow, I don’t know what all of that means, but I like you so I’m just going to write down that you fixed it and saved the company lots of money.” Clearly the job would require a certain amount of popularity, not to be mistaken with congeniality, I made the decision to exit the interview.
I gathered my things together, stood up – extended my hand and thanked him so very much for his time but that I was sure the company could not appreciate or value my years of experience and qualifications for this position. I did hear from the CEO/CFO the following day requesting another interview, I respectfully declined.
The Forbes article notes the following FIVE GOOD REASONS TO WALK OUT OF A JOB INTERVIEW;
- You feel intimidated
- You feel that the person or people you’re talking with are unethical or dishonest
- You are insulted
- You can tell that you wouldn’t take the job if it were offered to you
- Your gut tells you to go — that’s a good enough reason!