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Show Up to Your Interview (Even the Job You Don’t Want)

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jan 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In Interview Tips, Job Search Tips, Candidate

So, you’re in the market for a new job. Eager to find the perfect new position, you make your way through all of the internet job boards. Realizing that competition has made the job search tougher than expected, you stop scrolling past seemingly mediocre opportunities and begin applying to anything that matches your experience and abilities. Finally, the responses start rolling in - some, you’re excited about, and some, not so much. So, what do you do with those interview requests that you’re not sure about? You accept the invitation anyway and here’s why:

You’ll Gain Interview Experience

Some people are natural interviewees and have the uncanny ability to win over every room they step foot into, but let’s be honest, most people struggle with the process. The only way to get better at something is to practice. The more interviews you go on, the more comfortable you’ll become with the initially nerve-racking task. Responses will come effortlessly, as you begin to field the same questions. You’ll learn which of your past career stories are received well and which ones to leave out. Wardrobe and hairstyle will become uniform, and the pressure of trying to be perfect will disappear.

You’ll Expand Your Network

Have you ever heard the saying, “it’s who you know”? It’s popular because you’re more likely to get help from someone you know, than from someone you don’t. Always be open to expanding your network; you never know when a chance connection could offer you the opportunity of a lifetime. The hiring manager could be very impressed by your interview performance and keep you in mind as he/she ends up leaving to join a new company. Once they're settled and hand-picking a new team, you might be on that shortlist. Pro Tip: Ask for a business card and follow up after the interview, regardless of personal interest. Keep those lines of communication open.

You May Like The Opportunity After All

Although the position might not seem right for you on paper, the interview could leave you with a different perspective. Perhaps the job description did not do the opportunity justice, or the cool work environment was vastly understated. You would never have known if you didn’t move forward in the interview process. Maybe the prospective boss and company philosophy is a perfect fit for your work ethic. The thing is, you have to be somewhere for it to feel right.

You Might Be Considered for a Better Job Later

Even if the position sounds a bit beneath your abilities, it might pay off to visit the company anyway. The hiring manager will likely see that you are overqualified for this particular role and keep your resume on hand in case another position comes available. For instance, you may go in for a marketing coordinator role, having had a previous marketing manager title. Though you may not want a non-managerial position at this point in your career, it never hurts to have your name and experience land on someone’s desk. It could prove to be your foot in the door for something bigger and better later on down the line.

It may seem counterintuitive to go on a job interview for a role that you do not really want, but it is absolutely worth it. Not only will the sheer act of interviewing give you an advantage for that dream job interview, but you could be setting yourself up for success in the future. It never hurts to expand your network by meeting new people, and who knows? You may actually end up liking the opportunity or get recruited for a better position at the same company. The important thing to remember is to keep an open mind and a positive attitude.

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