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Roghayeh
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Going to an interview when you don't intend to accept the job

Do you think it's unethical to go for a job interview while you don't want it? (Or it's like you're 90% sure that you don't want it.)

Do you think it's wasting the interviewer's time? 

Or you think it's just okay?




I'll be thankful if you share your experiences about this. 

Apr 20, 2019 7:36 PM
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It's ok because it's a good training for you. Often employers already have a candidate in mind that they want to hire, so they're also wasting the time of all other applicants. I've been to some interviews where I knew before I went that I wouldn't get the job but I went anyway. It's always a valuable experience.
April 20, 2019
I’ve never done it, but as Miriam says, it’s good practice for both parties, and it’s completely fair and ethical (as Miriam explains).

As far as Robert’s “It is not really a good interviewing experience for you because the situation does not put any stress on you as an important interview would”, that is exactly why you should do it. The idea is to practice being interviewed while remaining calm. If you only go to interviews that make you nervous, you’ll be practicing getting nervous in interviews, and that is counterproductive.

April 20, 2019
If you're 100% sure that you don't want the job then you should not interview. It is not really a good interviewing experience for you because the situation does not put any stress on you as an important interview would, and the feedback from the interviewer might be meaningless to you since it is not the type of job you want anyway. You would be wasting your time and the interviewer's.
April 20, 2019
Sometimes while talking with you they realize you might be a better fit for some other position (that you might like) in the company, so you never know what can happen unless you go to the interview. 
April 21, 2019

A trial is a trial.


You might decide it's not a good fit.


After the trial, you can apologize and say you don't think you are a good fit for the company at present time. 


Make sure you are genuine with your apologies and stay on good terms. You never know, you might work for them in the future.

April 22, 2019
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