Here’s one of the big dilemmas for job seekers – should you decline a job interview?
Imagine the scenario: you’re actively looking for a job and you’ve updated your CV across multiple job sites. You get your first call from a recruitment agency – seems they think you’re a good match for a position. You’re not so sure but you tell them to submit your CV to the client. Next thing you know you’re being invited to an interview for the job. It’s now time to step up to the plate.
Or is it?
I take the position that, for the most part, an interview is A Good Thing. It’s a chance to refine and perfect your interview technique – especially useful if it’s been a while since you were last in the interview mind-set. If you’re in the enviable position to be able to pick and choose your next job – great, but if landing a new job is a bit more of a struggle, then think of an interview for a job you’re luke-warm about as a warm-up for the interview for the job you really want.
Of course there is the cost & time to consider (especially if you’re working and need to take time off), but if you learn from an interview it’s still money well spent. Think of it as job-hunting training; yes you can buy a book, get some new interview clothes (and you should!) but there’s nothing like the real thing. For the confident interviewee it’s less of an issue, but for others it’s like the difference between learning to drive, and driving on a motorway for the first time. The more you do it, the better you get!
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