6 years ago
April 6, 2018

Dropping Out? 5 Elegant Ways to Drop Out of a Sales Job Interview

Have a sales job interview coming up? Getting a call back from a hiring company or sales recruiter is a great feeling. The prospect of a sales job interview and…

Rhys Metler

Have a sales job interview coming up? Getting a call back from a hiring company or sales recruiter is a great feeling. The prospect of a sales job interview and potentially getting a new job is great. Even though your intent is to go for the job for which you scored the interview, things can change suddenly.

Candidates can drop out at any time and for any number of reasons – they could have a change of heart, decide now is not the time to make a move, or been offered another sales role.

Dropping out of contention for a sales job happens all the time. Hiring companies understand that this will happen. It’s just how you go about it that matters.

5 Ways to Drop Out of a Sales Job Interview

Here are 5 tips to elegantly drop out of a sales interview:

1. Don’t rush the decision

Choosing to drop out of an interview can be a career-changing decision, so make sure to think it through first. If you are not sure what to do, consult a trusted co-worker or friend and talk through your decision.

2. Weight your options

You have options. Take the time to weigh your choices. Assess the pros and cons of dropping out. At the end of the day, it’s about what is the best move for you and your career. Hiring companies and sales recruiters understand this.

3. Inform them immediately

This is perhaps the most important tip. As soon as you know you plan to drop out, inform the sales recruiter or hiring company right away. Remember, they may view you as their top candidate and envision hiring you. Dropping out throws a wrench into their plans. The sooner you tell them, the more time they will have to adjust their hiring strategy. Never ghost an interviewer.

4. Show compassion and appreciation

Show compassion and appreciation for the opportunity for the sales interview. You never know when things will change and you may find yourself knocking on their door again for an opportunity. Add to your network, don’t burn a bridge.

5. Choose the right way to tell them

There are many different ways you can tell a company you are dropping out. The best way is to call them right away. Email or text messaging are also options. Choose the best way to communicate with them.

More Sales Job Interview Advice for Candidates

3 Ways to Ace a Sales Interview

6 Common Types of Sales Jobs: Which Is the Right One for You?

I’m Quitting! The 5 Most Common Reasons Sales Employees Quit


SalesForce Search is a sales recruiting company which specializes in the recruitment and placement of sales professionals. We recruit salespeople in every sector of the economy including, software, manufacturing, financial services and medical devices. Find the right salesperson for your organization, start your search here.

Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.