posted by j_crazy
Depends and I don't think it affects your prospects one way or another. I quit my job and took a new one last year. I made up my mind that I was leaving about 4 months before I made the jump. In that time I interviewed for 5 jobs.
2 of them I knew off the bat that I wasn't going to be considered before I walked out. I just wasn't a fit for them and it was evident, I was 99% sure I wasn't getting an offer and I knew I'd decline if I did. I sent neither of them follow ups.
1 of them I was loving the vibe, it was a great fit, interesting project and a great company. The day after my interview they offered the job to a buddy of mine who worked for that company in a different group and didn't even interview for the job. So I didn't send them anything. He eventually turned down the job (didn't want to move his family) and they did offer it to me, but by that time I had accepted the job I'm currently in.
1 of them it was evident that I was the guy they wanted. It was a job right in my wheelhouse, doing something I was doing for the previous 2 years and was beating their performance everyday (in our industry you see how the competition is performing although you don't know the specifics of how they get their results). WIthin 1 hour of a 3 hour interview (largely technical) I saw huge holes in their program that I could have filled and taken their performance to a new level in the first month. By the 2nd hour I knew why they had such glaring deficiencies. Their management team was fucking AWOL, the inmates were running the prison and the lead inmate had the full backing of the CEO of the company. This one wasn't going to work for me. I sent nothing, they offered me the job, I turned it down and they countered 3 times (to a point where it was almost 75% more than I was making at my old job) but I knew i wasn't going to be able to get the results they were expecting with the team they had and long term it wasn't going to work. That company is shutting it's doors in the next few months I hear and their assets are rolling into a new PE backed company under a new leadership team.
1 job was a perfect fit, great company, challenging work, big upside, etc.. I sent them a follow up just letting them know I really enjoyed the meeting, it literally said "even if I'm not the person you end up going with, I really think you're team is set up for tremendous success." That is the job I took