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Old 03-12-2012, 09:26 PM
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I had an HR recruiter reach out to me via LinkedIn about an opening in her advertising agency. I'm a bit unhappy in my current job, so I decided to set up a phone interview with her. Turned out the role was not what I was looking for: it sounded very demanding because it involves multiple accounts and required face-to-face business pitches. I couldn't exactly tell the recruiter I am looking for a low-pressure job because I still want to work at the company, just on another account. So I lied and said I was interested, figuring I could get interview experience if anything. The recruiter said she'd reach out later to set up an interview.

After the call, I talked to a former colleague who happens to work at the company. He informed me that the person who formerly held the position I interviewed for quit because he couldn't handle the stress.

I started to hope the recruiter just simply wouldn't contact me again, but she just sent an email asking when I could come in for an interview. Even though I would like a new job, I am simply not desperate enough to take the time to interview for this opportunity - interview experience or not. How can I let the recruiter know I want to pass on this position, but keep my resume on file for future openings?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:56 AM
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... the most direct way possible and as soon as possible. Tell them that you'd love to work at their company some time in the future, but timing is bad for you right now.

If you really want to get a job at that company, check-in with that recruiter quarterly.

Good Luck.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:29 AM
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I had a conversation with a recruiter once where I said something like this. The recruiter had a lot of respect for me that I was self aware enough to know it wasn't a good job for me and that I was respectful enough to not waste their time.

"After researching the position further, I do not think I would be a good fit for the role. I don't want to waste your time by going through the process when someone else would be a better candidate. I feel I would be better suited for a position as [name of position here] because of my strengths in[list strengths]."
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