I've accepted an offer recently, and have let most of the other companies know that I accepted.
However, there is one company that I've applied to many times over the years, which would be a dream to work at. They're well-known enough that I'm certain you have an app of theirs installed on your phone. This time, I was able to get a referral, greatly improving my chances--it paid off, and I was able to get at least a hiring screen booked in a few days.
The timing just didn't work out this time, and I don't plan on reneging the contract I've already signed.
However, I'm concerned that killing this interview process so soon (about 2-3 weeks since the application), especially after someone went out on a limb for me, will do more harm than good. I have a feeling that at least getting to a more advanced stage of the process before calling it quits will make it seem less like a waste of energy on their end (even though the opposite is true in reality), and may even make me seem more attractive as a candidate in the future.
So I'm asking:
- Should I end it now, saving everyone a great deal of time, but possibly burning a bridge?
- Or should I wait and see where it goes, possibly being in a greater position of power when rejecting them?
The recruiting team at this company has wasted my time a lot in the past, so I'm not terribly concerned about wasting an extra day or two of theirs if they don't know about it.