You managed to get noticed between the ever-growing pile of CVs and a recruiter has finally engaged with you to present what you thought would be the job of your dreams… or was it? Maybe the responsibilities weren’t exactly what you thought they were going to be, you don’t feel like you’d actually fit in with the company culture, your salary expectations differ quite a bit from what the company has offered, or maybe you received a better offer, this list could go on… But for some reason or the other, you aren’t interested in the job you applied for anymore. How do you survive to communicate this to the recruiter and/or company without feeling like you might have closed the door for good?
1. Don’t ghost them
This is a mistake and will undoubtedly make you look bad. If you change your mind in the future, you’ll come off as an unreliable person and the chances of the company reaching out to contact you if you resend your application will be lower. Recruiters tend to keep records of all applicants’ recruitment processes and in the future, even if it’s a different recruiter contacting you, they will know.
2. Be honest and upfront about it
There’s nothing recruiters enjoy more than an honest candidate. Let them know you appreciate their efforts on your application but that, unfortunately, you have changed your mind regarding the position and why. The why can be very important because it can clarify some miscommunication there may have been concerning the position, and if it has to do with salary expectations you may get the salary you were setting out for.
3. Write down a referral (optional)
Fill in your absence with someone else (a friend or acquaintance) who is suited for and could be interested in the offer. You will win points next to the recruiter as a considerate person, the recruiter will gain a new potential lead to fill the position, and your friend could win a new job. It’s a win all around and if everything goes right you can come out as a hero. More importantly, if you change your mind in the future regarding the position, you’ll probably still be in the recruiter’s good graces for this small act of kindness.