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…
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.
Here are 5 tips to elegantly drop out of a sales interview:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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With 10 years of sales, management, and recruitment experience across multiple industries, Jace has helped numerous businesses (including many Fortune 500 companies) build high performing, quota smashing Sales teams. Jace provides an honest and consultative experience, while helping his clients hire smarter, faster, and more confidently! When he’s not networking with Toronto’s best sales talent, Jace likes to travel, snowboard, and watch sports.