After the job interview, the decision to say no

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Apr 07

Companies doing job interviews are astounded that people are turning down job offers in this economy. But they are turning down jobs after interviews. Especially people with great track records, people I call Cubicle Warriors.

Consider getting an interview at a company that fits your skills and accomplishments. After the initial phone interview, both parties agree that personal interviews make sense. So the company spends $300 on a one day plane ticket. Our Warrior job candidate gets up at 4:30 AM to get the plane and arrives 1500 miles away at our prospective company at 9:30 AM. After a brief tour, the people lined up to do the interviews now have schedule changes. So the times for the interview shift.

Then, as more time goes by, people doing the interview are no longer able to make time to interview the person who flew 1500 miles to see them at their request. Finally, a hiring manager decides to take our candidate out to lunch. Another hiring manager shows up during the lunch, asks questions for ten minutes and leaves.

Deciding now that our candidate has seen everyone, they drop the candidate off at the airport at 2 PM for a 6 PM flight and — with delays, of course — the candidate gets home at 10 PM and wonders what happened to all the people the candidate was to interview.

The next day, the call with the company is that the candidate needs to get to know the people better — can the candidate return for a week? They will pay for the time, of course, but not provide any laptop, office space or the other minor accessories of working for the company. So the deal is a one week contract with them paying for air fare, hotel, and meals.

Then they will see.

The candidate turns them down — if they demonstrate such poor behavior for the “one day” interview, how different would it be? The parting shot from the person doing the recruiting?

“We have hundreds of people who want this job; you’re throwing away this great opportunity.”

Right. The only people throwing away an opportunity were the people at this company who didn’t see the Cubicle Warrior because they had so many other better things to do.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

  • Brandon says:

    Great article and very good job articulating what is going on currently with business and the economy. Good companies and good managers will get good people, no matter what the world is doing.

    • Scot says:

      Thanks, Brandon. The Cubicle Warriors who visit this site have many stories to tell; management can learn from them. What is so confusing to me is that companies have no loyalty to workers at all; yet, the management of many companies expect loyalty and engagement from their workers. A true one way street. I just don’t think people, if they can and are in the right circumstances, will put up with much of that ‘take it or leave it’ behavior. Thanks for the comment; it’s appreciated.

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