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Many job applicants forget that an interview is something that goes ways.
That is, of course, until they encounter a rude interviewer who forces them to leave and reevaluate whether they actually want the job.
Let’s look at 15 times rude behavior caused candidates to cut interviews short if you’re looking for examples of when it’s time for you to walk away.
#1. Continuously Cut Interviewees Off and Interrupt Them
Many candidates have had interviews with potential employers where the interviewer will cut them off mid-response to say something non-essential.
Of course, this shows a blatant lack of respect, leading candidates to look elsewhere for work.
#2. Make Them “Perform”
While it can sound terrible, there are interviewers out there who expect a certain personality or performance when they’re interviewing someone.
Many have interviewed with someone who told them to smile more or stop being so stiff, which prompted a quick end to the interview.
#3. Aggressive and/or Pessimistic Behavior
Not all representatives of a company are happy or positive people.
There are interviewers out there who are dull, aggressive, or otherwise not making the job seem like a great opportunity, making it hard to push through an interview.
#4. Looking for a Major Weakness They’re Not Working on
Preparing yourself for the question, “What’s your biggest weakness?” is something everyone does before an interview.
Some interviewers are actually interested in asking for a weakness you don’t know about and aren’t working on, leaving the interview at a standstill.
#5. Acting Condescending About Resume Points
There’s nothing worse than spending a ton of time on your resume, only for someone who thinks they’re better than you to pick it apart and ridicule your experience and education.
That puts them on the fast track to get rejected mid-interview almost immediately.
#6. Asking for Free Work
There are companies out there that ask candidates to complete a task during an interview that requires intensive work to the degree that you’re almost performing the job.
This is a major red flag that encourages some to leave before an employer ropes them into doing a free task without hiring them.
#7. Trying to Immediately Expand Their Responsibilities
When interviewing for a specific role, you’re expecting to perform the duties within that role.
Interviewers who have immediately expressed that the responsibilities will be greater than what was listed in the job posting (without any additional rewards or incentives) face rejection quickly.
#8. Bragging About Lack of Benefits and Other Downsides
Many employers leverage things like health insurance, 401(k)s, and other benefits as a selling point to get great employees in.
Other companies are proud that they offer nothing and try to trick candidates with other selling points.
Interviewees thank the interviewer for wasting their time and leave.
#9. Insulting the Interviewee
Some interviewers will make subtle, snide remarks that you have to read into.
Other people have encountered interviewers who will insult them outright, driving them out of the interview because they know this position is not the right fit for them with management like that.
#10. Scolding Them for Having Other Responsibilities
People should have a life and things they need to do outside of work.
Some employers want full commitment, the ability to micromanage an employee, and the insurance they can’t leave them and go anywhere else.
Those with these kinds of interviewers who scolded them for needing time for other things rescinded their application as soon as the topic arose.
#11. Only Focused on What They’ll Receive By Hiring
Employers should understand that your work is a transactional relationship whereby they receive something of benefit, and you do, too.
There are people out there who have had interviewers interrupt their train of thought to tell them whatever they said wasn’t relevant and that they should instead tell them more about what they’ll get out of hiring the candidate.
#12. Showing Up Late to the Interview
You respect an interviewer’s time by making sure that you show up on time, and you expect them to do the same.
Unfortunately, not all interviewees will respect your time, and this has led to multiple instances of leaving once the interviewer gets there to let them know that they wasted their time and that this type of behavior demonstrates how the company functions.
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