A month ago, I was encouraged by a friend to apply for a different position within our corporation. It's a parallel move to a rather different career track within IT (databases instead of application development), and a little more of a stretch to consider me given my background, but not something that I'm completely unqualified for.
I applied and was offered an opportunity to apply, and scheduled for an interview in three days. However, I have given in a great deal of thought and now have changed my mind. (I don't feel that the reasons are really relevant, nor would I be bringing most of them up to either my current management or the hiring team. My manager does already know that I applied for and am seriously considering changing teams.)
I would like to back out of the consideration process in the most professional way possible. I'm not sure how to do this.
- Thank them for their time but decline the interview.
- Go to the interview, be cheerful and winning, and at the end thank them in person for their time but I don't think I'm the right fit for the job.
- Go to the interview, be cheerful and winning, and email them a day or so later to thank them for their time (etc.)
What are the pros and cons of these approaches? Am I missing another alternative?