Career | Why you should ‘Yes’ to every job interview

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Getting called for a job interview should instil a level of excitement and nervousness. But what if you are having second thoughts about the position and the company?

Getting called for an interview in today’s competitive job market is a great achievement. So, it is natural to feel torn when you are having second thoughts about the position.

Would you just be wasting your own time and that of the organisation by doing it? What if you get to the next round, or even the job?

Despite the niggling feelings, career gurus say you should still do the interview. Why? Here are a few reasons;

  • Sharpen your interviewing skills. Job interviews are not easy, with each company adopting a different format and new testing. If you do not want the job, the pressure is slightly off. Therefore, it is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your own performance and ability in interviews.
  • Industry Knowledge. Take the time to question the employer on company goals and strategies, position requirement and industry trends. All of this knowledge will be helpful to you when you are going for other interviews.
  • Build your Network. Making connections in your industry is important. By making a good impression and being professional, they may recommend you for another position or in another company.
  • Competitor Analysis. By having a greater insight into a new employer, it gives you the unique opportunity to see what you like and what you don’t. This will allow you to make a more informed and educated decision in the future when choosing a new job.
  • Bargaining Power. Telling your current employer that you have been offered another opportunity tends to spur some to make a better counter offer. It is a risky strategy but it could give you some negotiating power with your current employer.