How quickly into an interview is too soon to tell the candidate goodbye?

  • 2
    Right after he came in
  • 1
    I was trying to keep an open mind for a bit. I thought it was just me, my biases, or me really liking the last candidate.
  • 9
    Right after the candidate has checked his Facebook account - during the interview.
  • 4
    You should talk to your HR. They may have policies on notification designed to keep the company from being sued.
  • 1
    Are we talking telling them you are not selected or just ending the interview?
  • 7
    I wish they would have told me in the past in the first 10 minutes.

    But yeah coffee and pollitness is a must. Because it's about the reputation of your company has to uphold. And depending where you live there is the legal aspect of discrimination.
  • 2
    It's a virtual interview, and I wish I could have served him coffee. I value those things myself. I held onto it about ten minutes before moving on. He is a brilliant candidate, for somebody else. I just felt bad because his CV didn't represent him properly.
  • 4
    @devphobe call him and tell him that and wish him the best of luck? that would be super nice of you ❤️
  • 0
    It's not polite to waste people's time, but it's also not polite to make assumptions before the conclusion is obvious.

    I mean, it really depends. If the guy doesn't seem quite so technically proficient as the last one and you're not sure if you'd get on with him, you should just continue as normal.

    If the guy marches in and answers "can you explain encapsulation" with "well that's a stupid question, why on earth would anyone need to know that", then yeah, they've shown enough about their attitude at that point and I'd probably make it quick and end it ASAP.
  • 4
    Right after he realises that this is a hypothetical situation
  • 3
    There is no too soon !

    Same goes the other way, if you are being interviewed and you think, this company isn't for me, leave !

    Also applies on dates too..

    Though I hear many people make an excess to visit the toilet and never come back..

    So as to avoid a confrontation situation.

    Now I used to think those wasn't really anything to worry about, I mean, what is the worst that can happen if you say no and leave..

    Well, things can quickly reach the point of death threats in no time !

    So, now I understand why people make excesses..
  • 0
    I knew I would turn down this candidate in the middle of the interview, but either because of crulty or not wanting to start trouble, I gave them hope till the very end. I even described what their role might consist of
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    You could focus on the issue and talk about that and explain why it’s a problem. An astute candidate may ask to end but at least when the rejection comes it won’t e a surprise and they’ll know better for next time
  • 3
    Honestly this should probably follow a formula for each interview. That way nobody can say they were treated differently. Seems to be a way to avoid litigation.
  • 4
    Fastest interview I ever had was around 5 minutes.

    Guy came in and we did the quick introductions of name and titles. I asked the guy what made him interested in the position.

    "I honestly didn't even read it. I like to do these interviews just to make sure I'm current on new technologies. If you gave me an offer for the position it would have to be better than what I'm already getting."

    We just kinda sat there stunned for what seemed like forever. I looked over at my manager and said, "Well I don't I think I have any more questions, I honestly didn't even read this guy's resume I just wanted an excuse to not get xyz protect done today."

    My manager had to physically stiffel his laughter.

    The guy was pissed and just got up and walked out.

    Tip: if you're going in for an interview, don't tell the company you're not interested while in the interview.
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