Now is the time of year people start looking for new jobs. Summer is over, vacations are done, and we’re headed into winter. That healthy PTO plan and flex scheduling on Friday isn’t enough to keep you at your current job anymore.
Are you getting calls for new opportunities and finding yourself slightly interested, but still a little on the fence? You’re not alone. Changing a job can be scary. You’ve been at the same place for a while, you love the people you work with, and so on. What about you, though? Is staying at your current position career suicide? Are there other things out there that could be better for you? Better for your family? The process of a job search can be long, confusing, and overwhelming if you haven’t done it in a while. That is one benefit of working with a recruiter; we can help you along in that process. There could be a book written about the entire process, but I want to focus on one part of the process that I think is most important but often overlooked by both the candidates and clients involved: the interview.
First rule of interviewing: never EVER cancel your interview. Why? You just never know who you’re going to meet. Have you ever heard of a restaurant or seen one from the outside, and it looks like a hole in the wall, but then you walk in and it’s outstanding? You wouldn’t have ever known unless you walked in, right? The same goes for interviewing. When you interview, you get to see the facility, meet the people you’ll be reporting to, and the people you’ll be working with. You get the answers to your questions about the company and the job straight from the source! You can’t get that by doing online research, listening to hearsay, or even listening to your recruiter for that matter. You are your own person; you’re the one who has to make the decision on a company. We learned as children to never judge a book by its cover.
Another benefit of interviewing is the networking that happens. Even if you don’t take a job that you interview for, think about how many people you met that day: at least three if not more. Those are three people that are more than likely in a similar field or job of yours that you can continue to build a relationship with.
A third benefit is the practice that you get. When was the last time you had an interview? Interviewing isn’t easy for everyone. Maybe you’re a natural, but if not, you need and want the practice. You can learn how to handle different personalities, how to answer difficult questions, and to utilize good presentation skills. Practice makes perfect; that is true in most areas of our life. If you have blown an interview before, use what you learned to do better next time.
Here is a scenario that I have heard a lot. “I have a potential job offer coming, and I don’t want to waste anyone’s time by interviewing at another job.” I can appreciate you not wanting to waste anyone’s time, but if you don’t have the offer yet, it’s not a position you have. Why put all your eggs in that one basket? What if they squeeze in one more candidate who decided not to cancel their interview, and he or she is who they ultimately hire? In this scenario, which I see often, you are missing out on two job opportunities. The key is that you never know what’s going to happen, as no one has that lovely crystal ball, so you might as well use the opportunities that are given to you.
If you’re not working with a recruiter in your job search, give me a call. I would love to help you through your search or at least discuss what options you have and what is going on in the market. I am available to answer any questions about the interview process, too. It really is all about you. I want to share what I know with you so that you don’t find yourself in a bind.
Chelsea Liska has been with Aureus Group since September 2011, and currently is a Recruiting Manager. Chelsea helps train, mentor, and coach new recruiters who support all of the divisions of Aureus Group. She gets to do what she loves every day by helping to develop and build colleagues. Chelsea also gets to be a part of top notch finance and accounting candidates’ career decisions and moves. Every day Chelsea gets to be a part of a company that is building into her so that she can build into others. When she isn’t working, she is active in her church. Chelsea loves being physically active playing volleyball, running, and other sports in the summer, as well as snowboarding in the winter. She is personally and professionally committed to being an “Energy Ambassador!”