In a previous blog post, we presented “3 Things About Your Job Search That (Probably) Nobody Has Told You.”
With this post, we’re moving specifically to the interview phase of your job search. Instead of focusing on things that you haven’t heard, we’re addressing things that seem like common sense . . . but that people apparently can’t grasp. (Namely because they’re always happening.)
Below are five no-brainer interview tips that people still can’t follow:
#1—Do not accept an interview unless you’re 100% sure that you’re interested.
If you’re exploring two job opportunities, do not accept an interview with one organization just so you can tell the other one—with the job you really want—that you’re interviewing with more than one company. (And don’t lie about interviewing with multiple companies, while you’re at it.) The rule is simple: if you’re not prepared to work for a company, then don’t agree to interview with the company.
#2—Abusing the interview process can cause long-term damage to your job search (and career).
This is more or less the second part of #1. Don’t accept an interview just so you can say that you’re interviewing with multiple companies, and don’t accept an interview just so you can get a free plane ride to a city you’ve never visited before. Sure, it sounds tempting. Just don’t do it. These are the kind of things that can follow you around for the rest of your career.
#3—Do not “stalk” the hiring manager (or anybody else).
So you interviewed, and you thought the interview went well. However, nobody got back to you. They didn’t call you, and they didn’t email you. Taking initiative is usually good, but this is not the time to relentlessly contact the hiring manager via phone, text, and/or carrier pigeon. We should probably also add that it’s a bad idea to wait for them outside of their home.
#4—Do not accept an offer of employment unless you’re 100% sure you want the job.
This is similar to #1 on our list. If you have no intention of working for an organization, then do not agree to work for that organization. Don’t accept an offer because another company hasn’t made an offer yet, and you’re hedging your bets. Don’t think to yourself, “I’ll take this job, but if the other offer comes through, then I’ll just drop these guys.” That’s wrong, wrong, and wrong.
#5—Do not write a nasty note if you don’t get the job.
The organization can only hire one person for each open position. That means there’s just one winner and a lot of non-winners. However, do not take the rejection personally. How a person handles rejection says as much about them as how they handle success (if not more).
There is absolutely NO good that can result from writing a note that says, “You’re going to regret not hiring me. I was clearly the best candidate for this position, and you blew it big-time.” Don’t laugh. This has happened. In fact, it’s probably happening somewhere in the world right now.
Hopefully you’ve never been guilty of any of these interview atrocities, and hopefully you’re ready to launch your job search. If this is the case, then contact The Doepker Group!
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