Yes, I had walked out in the middle of the interview. In one case the guy was just passing time as they had already selected the guy. I come to know this only when the person started asking meaningless question like how much RAM do you have in your computer system, what is color of your bike etc.
I am not sure what specific question you have in mind.
I've walked out a few times. Most of the time it's because a recriter mislead me about a role, and as soon as I figure out it's not right, I kindly tell the interviewer that there was a miscommunication and it's not a fit.
I also "walked out" on one by showing the interviewer my annoyance at his bad questions. I could have been more direct and said what I was thinking, "your questions are telling me a lot about you and the company and it's telling me I don't want to be a part of it."
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I've walked out or interrupted interview if it is telephonic interview when I found the interview is going in wrong direction with BAD or Annoying questions. But most of the time instead of walk out in the middle, I used explain my feelings at the end of interview.
I have walked out of interview once when I saw interviewer was more interested in showing me how much technically strong he is rather than serious about selection process. But before I left interview, I shown him how to ask questions.
I have walked out virtually in a telephonic interview but not before I gave the interviewer my piece of mind.
The interviewer unfortunately was junior to me in designation (had more years of experience though) and was asking meaningless questions on how many lines of code / classes have you written so far. Why do you want a managerial role, I have more experience than you and crap.
Poor guy got zapped when I started counter questioning him on what he will achieve by asking these meaningless questions.
Originally posted by Rajesh Thakare: I have walked out of interview once when I saw interviewer was more interested in showing me how much technically strong he is rather than serious about selection process. But before I left interview, I shown him how to ask questions.
Amazing how many interviews I've seen like this. That or the variation of "I'm going to ask questions until I stump you". Dude, are you looking for a new employee or are you just trying to show off how "smart" you are? [ October 12, 2006: Message edited by: Jason Cox ]
I'd never burn any bridges, but I have politely stopped things early, especially in phone interviews. A couple of times the position was not as advertised to me and it became very clear quickly, so I asked "Is this more of an admin role?". Answer was "Yes", so I let them know I wasn't interested, this has happened numerous times, recruiters don't seem to filter well most of the time.
The time I end one early that actually fit was the interviewer asking pointless questions like someone said. How many classes in your last project, how many lines of code, how many tables, etc. I couldn't see what he hoped to learn from that, if I designed something with 100 classes but it should have only taken 10 is that good? If I wrote thousands of lines of code when hundreds would have done is that good? You can't judge the answers to these questions without knowing about the project itself.
I'm sure he was unimpressed with me, but I was equally as unimpressed with him. Interviews are bidirectional, especially if you know your skills and experience are up to date.
I had an interview with Micron in Utah to become an engineer, and it turned into a strange test of wits. The questions were mostly mind puzzles, and the interviewers (yes, there were a few of them) kept having a difficult time asking questions about "If I had two black hats, one white hat, and..." I found it to be pretty funny when they kept stopping and saying, "Wait, now I'm confused." The whole series of interviews lasted close to three hours. By the end my mind was almost on fire. Maybe I should have walked out, but I got the job in the end, and it worked out okay...for six months anyway.