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Is it acceptable to drop out of a job interview process because of how long it's been taking? I understand that interviewing can take a while but it's a role that I'm not 100% invested in and the dragged out process has turned me off from it even further. There's 3-4 rounds left. If I tell the recruiter im no longer interested, do I even mention the long process as the reason?

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Of course it’s acceptable. Say that you don’t think the role is the right fit and based on the number of interviews left, you don’t want to take up anyone’s time further. Anything more than 4 rounds for interviews (unless it’s high up) is unnecessary

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No. You should waste everybody’s time instead.

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ACD1, what may seem like common sense to you is not necessarily the case for others so really no need for the condescending tone. Everyone had to figure out how to navigate the corporate world at some point, and understand what's considered professional or not. No harm in trying to get a gut check for how to handle first time situations. I hope the next time you reach out for advice that there isn't someone to put you down for asking what they personally deem to be something anyone with a modicum of common sense should know.

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Yes, absolutely. And I would be transparent about how the process has impacted your decision. Companies need a bit of a wake up call in this talent market, and have to stop putting candidates through a long and complicated process. I’m entertaining two opportunities right now and for one I’m 12 rounds in and the other on round 8. Each day, I get more and more turned off by them because the demands they are making for my time are unreasonable. When you already have a job, it’s very difficult to dedicate what could be upwards of 40-50 hrs to interview for one role (including the dreaded “strategic assignment”).

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If I had an offer in hand or close to, I’d mention that to the recruiter and see if they can expedite it. If not - sure you can mention it but it doesn’t do anything.

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Of course it’s acceptable. I dropped out of two interview processes because I was not REALLY interested in one of the roles after talking to them a few times and for the other one… I found out the CEO who would be interviewing me was 2 years younger than me and I’m only in my 20s so I wrote a nice email saying I accepted another offer even though I hadn’t yet. Do what you gotta do!

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Ghost em.

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I would be honest. I had 6 rounds somewhere (including a presentation) and then I turned it down because I got a promotion. They then reached out a few months later to see if I was still interested and wanted me to do a round 7. It turned me off

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You’re interviewing them as well. So if you don’t want to work there it’s better to let them know sooner than later

I dropped out of a process that took months and included an unpaid assignment that took a whole week to do.

Absolutely. 4 rounds is stupid anyways. That’s simply to assuage their irrational, emotional worry they aren’t making a careful decision, when, in fact, they aren’t gaining any new information about you. If something was more than 4 rounds, it would have to be an absolute dream job for me

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