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Let’s say you’ve gotten to the interview stage of your job search, and 5 minutes into the dialog you understand that this specific job gained’t be a good match for you in any case.

Can you finish the job interview early?

According to Ask a Manager’s Alison Green, it’s attainable to stroll out of a job interview—particularly for those who’re in a scenario the place the interviewer is unexpectedly impolite or the job itself isn’t what was marketed. As Green explains, in Slate:

While employers are assessing candidates, these candidates must be assessing the employers proper again, forming their very own judgments about whether or not they’d need to work for this specific firm and this specific supervisor. And simply as an employer would possibly select to lower brief an interview if a candidate clearly isn’t proper for the job, candidates ought to be happy to do the identical on their facet.

But there’s a distinction between strolling out of an interview the place the opposite occasion behaves egregiously (Green offers an instance of a individual arriving for what they thought was a one-on-one assembly to be taught that they might be half of a 45-person group interview) and politely ending an interview once you understand the job isn’t what you might be in search of.

You may, of course, stick the interview out till the very finish. Since job interviewing is a ability that improves with follow, there’s one thing to be stated for taking the chance to work your interviewing muscle tissue even for those who plan on declining any forthcoming job provides.

However, you would additionally lower issues brief.

If that’s the trail you determine to take, be tactful about it. Pick a pure transition level, such because the second the interview shifts from “tell us about a time you successfully addressed an interpersonal problem” to “do you have any questions for us?” Thank the interviewers for taking the time to meet with you, inform them that you simply admire the whole lot you’ve discovered concerning the firm however don’t see it as a good match for the place you need to go subsequent, and need them the perfect with their candidate search.

In different phrases: make the corporate bear in mind you because the candidate who was straight with them, not the candidate who awkwardly left within the center of the interview.

Ultimately, you’ll need to deal with the interview course of as for those who had been assembly with individuals who would possibly sometime change into half of your skilled community—both as a result of they give you a job and change into your colleagues, or as a result of they had been impressed by your habits and expertise regardless.

After all, you by no means know once you would possibly find yourself interviewing with some of these individuals once more, for a job you would possibly truly need.

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