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September 22, 2010

Turning down a Job Interview

 Great Company, Terrible Job,
How to Turn Down a Job Interview

Many candidates complain that they are being invited to Franklin Paterson Resumes interviews for jobs, that appear to have nothing to do with their current skills, or job interest.
 
What to do - should you turn down the interview, and if so, how do you turn down this interview, but still keep yourself active with the company or referral agency.
 
Should you attend every interview you are invited to? Turning down a job offer is one thing, turning down an interview is quite another!
  1. Before you turn down the interview ask for a bit of time to review your schedule or research the company.

    • Ask the interview scheduler for the URL of the company career site; visit their site to learn more about the position.
    • Find out if the company is hiring for many positions at different levels.
    • Are there other positions you might be interested in or qualified for.
     
  2. Often if you do not accept an interview when you are first called, you may have difficulty getting the manager or interview scheduler back on the phone to schedule your interview.
     
  3. Send an email or leave a cordial message within a few hours, of receiving the call or email, indicating an interest in taking the interview, or learning more about the company and the position or you might regret in turning it down.Include these facts in the email:
     
    • Highlight your interest in hearing about other positions at the company.
    • If there is another job or location that you may have an interest say so, and include a snippet about your ideal job.
     
  4. Don’t wing it, have a prepared turned down comment of two or three lines. Try to end with a comment such as, “thank you for you time and consideration of my resume, I plan to mention your opening to qualified friends and associates".
     
  5. As career counselors we are hearing from many jobseekers, that while they were hot properties during their last job search; they are getting fewer calls this time around. In addition, resumes sent to companies that were very interested in them in the past, are not responding.
     
  6. One problem may be the way you turned down interviews or jobs in the past. Your terse “Not interested”, “this is not what I want” is often documented as “DNC” or “Do Not Refer”.
No one likes to be turned down twice, so the hiring manager will not refer you for other jobs, to other managers, divisions, networking colleagues, or companies if your are terse or impolite. To learn more about mastering the interview process view, cover letters or interview training tips visit us at: FranklinPatersonResumes.com
 
Thanks again, and continued good luck in your job search.
Janis Ransom



 Great Company, Terrible Job,
How to Turn Down a Job Interview

Many candidates complain that they are being invited to Franklin Paterson Resumes interviews for jobs, that appear to have nothing to do with their current skills, or job interest.
 
What to do - should you turn down the interview, and if so, how do you turn down this interview, but still keep yourself active with the company or referral agency.
 
Should you attend every interview you are invited to? Turning down a job offer is one thing, turning down an interview is quite another!
  1. Before you turn down the interview ask for a bit of time to review your schedule or research the company.

    • Ask the interview scheduler for the URL of the company career site; visit their site to learn more about the position.
    • Find out if the company is hiring for many positions at different levels.
    • Are there other positions you might be interested in or qualified for.
     
  2. Often if you do not accept an interview when you are first called, you may have difficulty getting the manager or interview scheduler back on the phone to schedule your interview.
     
  3. Send an email or leave a cordial message within a few hours, of receiving the call or email, indicating an interest in taking the interview, or learning more about the company and the position or you might regret in turning it down.Include these facts in the email:
     
    • Highlight your interest in hearing about other positions at the company.
    • If there is another job or location that you may have an interest say so, and include a snippet about your ideal job.
     
  4. Don’t wing it, have a prepared turned down comment of two or three lines. Try to end with a comment such as, “thank you for you time and consideration of my resume, I plan to mention your opening to qualified friends and associates".
     
  5. As career counselors we are hearing from many jobseekers, that while they were hot properties during their last job search; they are getting fewer calls this time around. In addition, resumes sent to companies that were very interested in them in the past, are not responding.
     
  6. One problem may be the way you turned down interviews or jobs in the past. Your terse “Not interested”, “this is not what I want” is often documented as “DNC” or “Do Not Refer”.
No one likes to be turned down twice, so the hiring manager will not refer you for other jobs, to other managers, divisions, networking colleagues, or companies if your are terse or impolite. To learn more about mastering the interview process view, cover letters or interview training tips visit us at: FranklinPatersonResumes.com
 
Thanks again, and continued good luck in your job search.
Janis Ransom




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