My question is slightly different from this one: How should I phrase an email and/or conversation that I need to back out of an interview?
I have an onsite interview with a company (Company A). They approached me and I did two phone interviews with them. I also am in contact with a recruitment agency (Recruiter B) that is trying to set me up at other companies. I replied to this recruiter's emailed offer to set me up and they have been shopping my resume around for a week or so.
I don't want to continue the process anymore; I want to stay with my current company. What is the best way to:
a) tell company A I don't want to do their onsite interview
b) tell recruiter B I don't want my resume to be sent to any more companies (especially worried about this one because I contacted them a while after ignoring their initial email)
Options I have considered:
a) Just tell the truth to both parties. Pros: it's the truth. Cons: I may come across as flaky. Worried I might annoy people, burn bridges because I wasted their time
b) Beg off with a personal emergency of unspecified nature and indefinite duration. Pros: seems easy, might spare feelings and my reputation if believed. Cons: it's a lie, might seem transparent
c) Do the interview at company A and use option (a) or (b) with recruiter B. Pros: Interview practice. Cons: I lose a vacation day doing an interview when I don't really want to leave my job, I waste my interviewers' time