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Is It Okay To Walk Out Of A Job Interview?

Hey! Is Walking Out Of An Interview Okay?

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@ Poster,

My bro does it all the time! Lol. . . In my opinion, it is okay. Some employers deserve it, especially those that ask for high qualifications owing to the task(s) that the job entails, then offer you a salary that your dad gives to his gate-man. Come on now!

I once walked out of an interview immediately after my employer-to-be quoted the remuneration package, but I had the simple courtesy to tell him that the interview would not proceed any further as I was never gonna settle for that amount of money. I jokingly requested him to add a "zero" to that figure which he of course declined and that's when I knew that he was serious about making a slave out of me.

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I once walked out of an interview of sorts, early in my work career, while I was in my first job, in fact.

It was at an IT company known as Tranter ( don't know if they still exist tho).

I got there and was attended to by the receptionist, who gave me a bunch of like 1000 photocopied A+ and Network+ questions, and asked me to start answering them on a piece of paper.

No time limit, no modalities for conducting the ad-hoc tests, nothing. Three hours later I was still a little over half-way and I stood up and went to ask the receptionist (a guy) when this 'test' was supposed to end (cos it was a work day and I felt I had played hookey long enough). The guy shrugged and said 'well, just finish it. If you're tired you can always forget it and leave'. That just did it for me. I walked out without saying another word.

Reason why? I wasn't about to change my crummy IT job for another crummy one abeg.

I don't blame anybody for walking out of an interview, but it has to be an impossible situation. Nowadays I would never walk out of an interview for any reason. Wouldn't even attend in the first place if I felt it wasn't for me.

Peace.

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2 my opinion,it is not good 2 walk out frm an interview.no matter d how is it u must not do dt.dere was a proverb dt says if u want 2 catch a monkey,u do like a monkey

2 my own view is not okayyyyyy

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Stay for the duration of the interview. It serves as good practice for future ones that you want to consider or plan on working. If they are giving you the time of day, you should do the same. Once it is over and you make the decision that this is not the right job for you, dont come back or simply decline on a job offer.

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Shows how much of a failure you already destined yourself to be. Mumu!

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It is okay for walk out of an interview in my opinion.

It totally depends on the situation.

The fact that you are attending an interview doesnt mean you dont have a job or you have no self worth.

A lot of poeple have given very valid reasons to walk out of an interview.

I haven't done it but believe me, If an interviewer doesn't respect me as much as I respect myself, I will cut the interview short there and then, inform him/her why I am leaving and request a written apology in the post.

Chikena.

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some of the responses to this question are quite funny.

As if some did not read properly or they don't understand.

As a matter of fact an interview is not same as aptitude test. Sometimes people attend apt test when not invited (gate crashers). And they are the ones that cause the type of troubles that was witnessed during the customs recruitment exercise. But interview is more organized planed for and u too do plan for it.

In some c ases the interviewer calls in the interviewees one after the other holding the cvs.

SO its more of one on one thing, now tell me how good it is that someone called u in to have a chat with u and u just stand up to walk out meanwhile u were invited and u willingly came no one forced u.

However big u thing that ur dream is what u do now and in the process of attaining it matters.

Its a big nonsense, snubbish to walk out on who u r to chat with.

Whatever it is that u r are asked, patience, calmness and maturity should be in place so u can sit tight and leave maybe never to rerurn again if u feel its not worth it

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walking out on the interview? Oh no.

Simply tooooo bad!

Its wise to keep calm and hold on till the close of the interview.

Whatever they said to u not withstanding. Who know it could be the training u need for the higher job u are aspiring for.

As a matter of fact for courtsy sake its very wrong, an adult should also treat that as such

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Well,methinks its perfectly safe to walk out wen u decide its no use continuing the intereview.most times,few minites in the premises of the coy will decide for u.but politely excusing urself is key,leaving rudely or causing a brouhaha marks u.when u are marked, someone somewhere will recognise u and prolly damage your chances anywhere else.

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If I were to ask you what you'd do if you were in an interview and knew, absolutely knew, that the job was not for you, what would you say? Most job seekers would say, "Finish the interview." But why would you continue when you know you don't want the job? Would it stun you to know you could leave?

If you know you don't want to travel, and suddenly you learn a fact not specified in the ad: the job involves more travel than is acceptable to you, there's no reason to continue. If your interviewer is rude or patronizing and this is the person to whom you'd be reporting, why submit yourself to it any further?

One person I know was conducting her own job search. Having passed the screening interview, she was to meet with all four of the company's principles in the same afternoon. The first person was out of town. The second one was rude and insulting. The third one made her wait. She actually stayed to interview with the fourth! The time to leave was somewhere during - or certainly after - meeting with the second person, the one who was insulting. Why they brought her back for these interviews is another subject entirely.

You can say almost anything, as long as you say it in a calm, confident manner with a smile on your face. People get into interviews and worry about whether they'll pass muster when they should be, concurrently, interviewing the company to see if it's the kind of place they want to be. And even when red flags pop up all over the place, they still sit pretty, answering questions, hoping for the job.

You need to do your homework before you start your search. You need to know what's important, what's not, and where you're willing to be flexible. Aside from helping you to focus on what you're looking for, it assists you in recognizing what you're not looking for.

So if halfway through the interview, you learn it's not, then leave. Stand up, smile, and politely say, "Thank you very much for bringing me in, but I don't feel that we're really going to benefit each other. I appreciate your taking the time to see me, and I'm sure you'll find someone who is just perfect for your company. "

When do you do this? When you learn the environment is not what you want. For instance, you thrive on challenge and learning new information, and you'll be doing repetitive tasks. You want to be trusted to work at your own pace, but you find out that's it's an intensely competitive environment. You don't mind working with numbers as long as it's not the majority of the responsibilities, and you discover numbers are 80% of the job.

When a definite no, rears its head why waste everyone's time? Especially yours? When you're in the middle of a phone interview, and the interviewer continually puts you on hold or calls you back to take a call, it's time to cut and run. "But it's a good position," you say. Maybe so. But what about your boss? If he's like that on the interview, how accessible will he be when you work there? When he calls you into his office to discuss your poor performance, is it your problem or his that he was never available to answer your questions?

Know what you want. Know how to ask questions to find out if it's there or not. Learn how to read the signals and understand what's really going on below the surface. And learn how to walk away if you find something present that you know won't contribute to your happiness and your perfect job. Finding that takes focus. Finishing an interview that's going nowhere isn't focus. It's a waste of your time.

To your success!!!

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the moment you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you bargained for.

based on your qualifications, and personal standards, you should have an idea as to whether you will be interested in working in a place within 10 minutes of entering.

it is a waste of productive time, both on your part and on the part of the interviewer if you keep up with a interview that is obviously going nowhere.

i have been there before - ie i've checked out venues beforehand and decided - hell no!

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hi,

it is not advisable to walk out.

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HELL YES of course you can

Firstly any interview/aptitude test in which your your health or even life will be in jeopardy like that of last weekends Nigeria immigrations recruitment aptitude test,should be walked out of

Those that walked out of that ill-fated test are now living to fight another day

Secondly any interview/test during which you are about to be harrased,especially sexually is not worth it

Walk out of it FAST

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It actually depend. But to me, no matter the condition I will shoose to leave the place politely, one should be careful with the way you end any relationship, you never can tell what seems bad to you today can turn around to be a blessing.

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It actually depend. But to me, no matter the condition I will shoose to leave this place politely, one should be careful be way you end any relationship, you never can tell what seems bad to you today can turn around to be a blessing.

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pretty sad that people hastily answer questions,

no substance,

wont you like to know what circumstance made him/her walk out?!

before you go on with the sarcasm on garri, being yar aduas child,and all that

please bear in mind that as you have silly interview candidates you could also have silly interviewers who are out to do nothing but waste people time,

walking out of an interview would definately not be proper in an idle interview situation.but what about a contrary situation?

they give you clear bull poo and you sit there and eat it?

well done o.

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y not be a gentle man and wait for the session to end before calling it a quit.

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of course you can walk out of an interview, is it ok? hell yeah if you are insulted or treated like crap , which some interviewers do. Just like they have a right to choose who they want to hire you too have a right to decide if the job is worthy of you. Just as long as you have weighted the good and bad and know its the right thing to do. I have never walked out of an interview myself but have come close though. The interviewer was so poo, i felt i should be sitting in her place, but yeh there you go , nothing wrong with knowing your worth

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Walking out depends on what you've encountered with the interviewer.If you really got a mess i think walking out is the best option for you.

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Walking out of an interview?Hell no!A friend of mine did it once.He went 4 another interview in another company some months later and met one of d men who had interviewed him previously amongst d interview panel.

d man wisphered something to the chief interviewer and my friend was politely excused without been interviewed.Remember it's a very small world and everything we do has repercussions.

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If you were deliberately insulted why not? Only on that basis.

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My opinion, i don't think its a good thing to walk out of a job interview. i applied for a job in 2006, i had to go through an intimidating interview and polygraph test as part of the application process. During interview/polygraph i was asked the following:

Ever had sex with same sex

ever had sex with a minor

ever stolen from a grocery/retail store

ever killed anyone

ever thought about killing anyone

Lots of questions that got nothing to do with the job. All u had to do was answer yes or no to their questions. If i still had my naija mentality i would have probably walked out of the interview right after the first question was asked. The best part of it was 6 months after the interview and polygraph i got the job.

On the other side, i would definately walk out if i was accused of any incriminating act or the interviewee slapped the shhiitt out of me during the interview. There can be lots of good reasons to walk out, it all depends.

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well i think it is not proper walking out of an interview even when it seems you don't understand the questions .your best is just politely say u don't understand the question javascript:void(0);

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@oldie its walk out, the topic is got noting to do wit keepin fit

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Walking out is okay because most times what the advert says is not what you see during the interview

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there is nothing wrong with walking out of an interview, it just depends, some interviews are a waste of ur time and the folks are jack asses, so walking out is appropriate, just make sure u have a good judgment of the situation b4 doing so.

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@ Topic,

Yes and No.

Yes if the interviewer wanted to do something nasty or fishy with you instead of conducting the real interview.

No cause an interview does not last forever but only a few minute so just be patient.

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Sure u can

Na wetin i fit do

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@ Poster, if your father is one of those embezzling the country's money then yes it is ok to walk out of an interview.

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It is simple courtesy to stick out an interview till the end. Whatever the case, you should use the interview as practice for the next one if you don't like the role being offered. Also, the Recruitment consultant that set you up for the interview has wasted a lot of time setting up the interview, the HR have spent a lot of time processing your application so it is only right that you see out the interview. If you don't like the role, you can turn it down when it is offered to you, but it is rude to just walk out on an interview.

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After once trying it, I don't think I do want to repeat it again.

But it depends on the circumstance/situation at hand though.

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of course! as a matter of fact, If the situation is so bad that u have to walk out of the interview in the first place, i will suggest preceding that with a slap/ or running ur five fingers wide open down the face of the interviewer , then bounce out of the door (not walk out)!

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  BEWARE OF THOSE NEW "419" AGENTS ASKING YOU TO SEND YOUR E-MAILS TO THEM TO GET ANSWERS TO A POST.

HOW ABOUT YOU POST YOUR RESPONSE FOR EVERYONE TO READ RIGHT HERE, YES, RIGHT HERE,

               AND STOP ASKING PEOPLE TO SEND YOU PERSONAL E-MAILS FOR A 419 PURPOSES.

NA HOW MUCH YOU PAY SEUN TO ADVERTISE YOUR PRODUCT ON NAIRALAND?

SEND YOU MY E-MAIL KO, SEND YOU MY WALLETS NI.

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If that is your LOT, even if you are employed for the job, its just a matter of time.

Whatever you become in life has to do with your dreams. Even God can do nothing for you if you cannot see yourself doing it.

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OF CAUSE "YES", YOU CAN WALK OUT OF A JOB INTERVIEW

                          AND WALK RIGHT BACK INTO

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                         A TARTERED SHIRT, WORN~OUT SHOES,

                          UNGROOMED HAIR STYLES

                              AND AN IMMACULATE AND ABJECT POVERTY

                    ITS YOUR CHOICE

EVEN THE BIBLE WARNED YOU, THAT MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOOSEN.

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God will bless you and add extra. And sorry to say, but that fellow does not deserve your respect.

Mr J Unit, you see yourself, orya !

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No, unless you are fleeing to safety.

Otherwise, bear what you can bear and once you have an opportunity, calmly state your appreciation and wish to leave.

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well is not too good for me no matter what they are offering you, cause the same ppl might cal u back in the future,

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MY BRODAS,

                  IN THIS WORLD,U MUST PUT A VALUE UPON URSELF.IF THE PLACE DOESNT FEEL OR LOOK RIGHT .OR PERHAPS THEY BEGIN TO PRICE U RIDICULOUSLY,U R PERFECTLY WITHIN UR RIGHTS TO WALK OUT.

ACTUALLY IT'S A NEGOTIATION TACTIC.I'V DONE IT LOTS OF TIMES.ND EACH TIME THE PEOPLE MADE ME A BETTER OFFER.

REALIZE THAT UR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS NEED U JUST AS MUCH OR EVEN MORE THAN U NEED THEM.

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I was invited for an interview for @ an Energy company for a helpdesk position 5yrs ago. The salary figure being offered was included in the interview letter.

I got there and waited for like an hour before some HR guy came out and aksed if I was still inerested since it was a sales position - I had to go house to house selling electricity and it was only commision-based!

Yea, the rest is history.

They use such dirty tricks to get job seekers to show up.

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I have walked out of a job interview , because the company blatantly lied about the job responsibilites and they thought they could get away with it because of people's desperation. Some would even try to get money from you for training purposes. A lot of sales / marketing jobs in the U.S do that.

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Mr J-unit please that a good question his asking have once done it and for u guyman to save ur face from further embarresment walk away majestically!!!

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Depends on the situation.

I did it once. Got to the office and observed their parking lot first. i saw only 2 cars. kept mum. entered the office and i saw their staffers not looking chubby and well fed. i didnt say a word. i waited patiently for almost 2 hours before it was my turn. just as the person before me was on his way out, i caught a glimpse of the 'Oga patapata'.

All what my mind have been observing just clicked like the snapping of a finger. i stood up and announced to the guy after me to enter as i coolly strolled out of the compound with the guy just coming out .

after much service in the labour market, i know the kind of company that can pay you slaves' pay by just having a glimpse of the staff and office arrangement. Trust me, i took a good decision. I later knew sha.

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Walking out hw? during d interV or when u just concluded wivout being discharged or wen dey av discharged u??

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You can work walk out, if you had an alternative

It is always a good idea to attend all interviews

At least for the experience

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I dont think its appropriate no matter what the situation is. You have right to ask questions after intervies and you can ask whatever you are not clear about, you can also politely make a complaint, but walking out? no not good enough.

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Job Interview?!. . . . . i guess the persin enjoiz bn joblesz

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