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Old 12-28-2015, 05:07 AM
 
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Hello,

I applied for a job - there was a ton of paperwork to check my background, an exam I had to take, and then an interview. They were hiring a number of people, but I'm not sure how many. The interview was super easy -it was supposed to be a panel interview, but there were only two people AND they were super nice, so it wasn't really a panel interview, at least not the type I am used to.

I was only there for probably 30 minutes, however, when I left, then didn't schedule any follow-up, like they did with the person before me, instead they told me they would let me know tomorrow (Dec. 23rd).

sooooo, at that point, I assumed that I didn't get it the job OR that they needed further discussion - like I wasn't going to be their first choice for one of the slots.. About 20 minutes after the interview, which was on Dec. 22nd, I emailed the administrative assistant and asked to withdraw my application because I didn't want to get rejected on Dec. 23rd and have it ruin my Christmas (note: those weren't my exact words, but that was totally the reason why) When the administrative assistant emailed me back - she wasn't super polite.. side story: when I was a junior in college, I applied for something, didn't get it, and then I went home for Christmas break, I thought it totally ruined it.. I mean, it was such a bummer.


OH, another thing: I pretty much wanted to cancel the interview because I had a huge zit. I mean HUGE. It was difficult for me to feel confident that day because I felt that I couldn't put my best face forward, literally. Then I also couldn't decide what I wanted to wear....then I realized I didn't really know where the interview was and there was a typo on the directions they gave me...then I tried to print out their specific instructions and my printer cartridge ran out of ink (of course!)...Then I couldn't find parking, it was snowballing into a terrible morning. I got there *right on the dot* but I wasn't early-- which I think kind of looks bad.

1) Do you think that I burned the bridge? Should I just have waited for them to reject me? I didn't want to get rejected right before Christmas!


There is another location hiring for which I would have a completely separate interview and application process, I think that I would prefer to work for them, partially because they pay better for the same job ($8,000 more per year) That would make me feel better financially. I just didn't want to get rejected from above job, you know...

2) Do you think interviewers can tell if you have any hesitancy about the job. Like say, if you're not super excited about the salary (which is just a set amount, not up for negotiation)

Thank you.
That's the most immature thing I've ever read on the job forum. If nothing else, you certainly did them a favor.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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That's the most immature thing I've ever read on the job forum. If nothing else, you certainly did them a favor.
I concur. I can imagine follow ups after being hired like:

"It's such a sunny day today, I need to recharge my batteries so I won't be in"

"I'm feeling crampy so I'm taking a sick day"

"I don't like rejection so I'm not comfortable taking on this project"

"I can't work late tonight because I have an art class to go to"

et al.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:10 AM
 
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I guess nothing to do but move on.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:15 AM
 
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I concur. I can imagine follow ups after being hired like:

"It's such a sunny day today, I need to recharge my batteries so I won't be in"

"I'm feeling crampy so I'm taking a sick day"

"I don't like rejection so I'm not comfortable taking on this project"

"I can't work late tonight because I have an art class to go to"

et al.
OP would have to call in sick every Friday and before every holiday in order to make sure work stress didn't ruin her days off.

And then after 6 months to a year of that, she'd quit anyway because the job was too stressful.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I concur. I can imagine follow ups after being hired like:

"It's such a sunny day today, I need to recharge my batteries so I won't be in"

"I'm feeling crampy so I'm taking a sick day"

"I don't like rejection so I'm not comfortable taking on this project"

"I can't work late tonight because I have an art class to go to"

et al.
Exactly.

Flaky.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:35 AM
 
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Ultimately, your idea of a good Christmas was more important to you than getting the job. You did the prospective employer a huge favor.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:06 AM
 
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I am laughing because I call my niece that.

Here's the problem: I had to put a lot of work in (filling out detailed background, etc. Plus, I had to take an exam..) and they also had to put a lot of work in, even before the interview.

I didn't want to get rejected from a job that I thought *I should totally get* I mean, you didn't even need a college degree

Sorry to sound so harsh but it seems like you could be part of the everyone wins generation.

GROW UP! Rejection is part of life and if you can't deal with it, you will have a tough time in the real world.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If you did that just for the potential of being rejected, you're just going to have to learn to deal with rejection.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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If they hand out application rejections immediately prior to Christmas, it's probably also the type of place that hands out pink slips before the holidays too. Who does that? I can understand a place that does hiring, but sending a rejection a day before the holidays is strange. Does it matter if you burned a bad bridge?
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Yes, I think you burned that bridge. If an applicant withdraws their application after the interview, it means that they don't want to work for the company, or they are a flake. Either way I would not bother to interview then again in the future.

You need to grow a thicker skin.
It could also mean you took a different job too. That can happen from time to time.

That said, despite what the OP said, I do think it was a bad call. At best you don't hear anything back. Lord knows I didn't for many jobs whether at schools, at stores, at movie theaters, etc. That or they would have waited until after the holidays as they use this week as an off week.
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