What if I decide I don’t want the job?

Many years ago, I was on the hunt for a new job.  I was working in a role that I was ready to move on from.  I loved the company and the team but I wanted to grow my career and it wasn’t going to happen if I stayed in the job I was in.  So, I updated my resume and made sure my LinkedIn profile was on point and then I started looking for a new job.

I used my networks and I quickly got wind of a role at a prestigious consulting firm.  The role sounded like the right career step for me so I submitted my application.  With in a day I got a call back.  YAY!!!  The recruiter who called me was lovely.  She was upfront about the role being demanding but reassured me that the company was great and the team was really supportive.  She said that it was a career defining role and I was excited when we booked an interview for three days time.

I spent time preparing for the interview.  I researched the company and the team I was going to be working with and I made sure I had some great answers to the interview questions that she might ask me.  I wrote out my biggest achievements and I felt confident heading to the interview.

The interview went well and I was put through to the next round.  A psychometric test.  I completed that and then I was put through to round 3.  This time I was going to have a video interview with the Head of the Department who this role reported into.  This was scheduled for 6:30pm so I had to quickly get home from work and get ready for the video interview.  This is where things got “interesting”.

I was asked some really odd questions about how I would handle situations where people were hostile towards me and what would I do if a stakeholder yelled at me?  Ummm, say what now?!!!  I answered the questions and then at the end of the interview I asked some questions specifically related to the responsibilities of the job.  The head of the department (who this role reported into don’t forget) had no idea.  She said something about finalising the details but that the job was going to be demanding.  Hmmm, that word – demanding is said once again.

The next step was to meet the other team members.  Even though I was a bit sheepish after my video interview with the Head of the Department I decided to go to the meet and greet with the team.  When I go there I waited for almost 30 minutes.  Then only 2 members of the team came to meet me.  The rest of the team (there were another 3) were dealing with a crisis.  The team members were very upfront about the lack of support they receive which was very concerning to me.  This job is demanding one of them said.

I left the interview with a clear outcome.  I was NOT going to continue with the process.  This was not the job for me.  When I got home I talked it over with my husband and the next day I rang the recruiter.  The lovely lady who I first dealt with.  The lovely lady who was great at selling a demanding role in a hostile environment as a career defining opportunity.  I was very polite when I told her that “after much consideration I have decided that this job is not going to be the right fit for me” and I thanked her for her time.  She said that they were going to ask for my references and that she was disappointed but was glad that I was upfront with her.

So if you are ever in a situation where you are unsure if the job is right for you or if you (like me) know that the job is going to be a nightmare dressed as an opportunity then you should pull yourself out of the recruitment process.  If you have doubts before you get the job imagine what it is going to be like working there.  YIKES!

Skye London

Career Coach | Career development | Job Search

Skye London is Co-founder and Lead Career Coach at Y Executive. With a passion for coaching and extensive experience in all things recruitment Skye has developed a reputation as the go to person for help with your career.
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