Last week I wrote about making recruiting appear easy even though it carries many complications. I have been working with several candidates recently that have found their job search to be quite stressful. Not because they can’t find anything, but because there are too many options. We have been working through multiple interviews and potentially handling multiple offers. It’s a good thing and there are some techniques you can use to make this experience less stressful.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, when you are assessing your career some things to consider are your current situation, the timing, and identifying your motivating factors. This prep work will help you in choosing which opportunities to pursue. You should be selective. You can’t afford to waste time interviewing just to interview. There is tremendous opportunity cost to your time and the company’s time if you are not serious. This could jeopardize future opportunities with that employer if the right fit comes along down the road. You can throw the timing off of your search if you lose a day or two pursing options that are not viable.
Rule number one. Be fair to yourself. Organizations need to perform their own due diligence when interviewing multiple candidates. Interviewing with multiple organizations to find the right fit for your career is not a bad thing, and should not hurt your candidacy.
Rule number two. Be honest with yourself, the company, and the staffing agency (if you are working with one). The only way you can buy some time is to be upfront with your search and where you are in process with other opportunities. Once you realize that an opportunity is not a fit, pull yourself out of the running. If you get an offer you are not interested in, decline it as soon as possible. If you have a high level of interest, convey your enthusiasm.
Rule number three. Get all the information you need from the interview process. The only way you are going to be able to make an informed decision is to have identified what is important to you and how it aligns with the positions you are pursuing. It is up to you to get all those data points from the employers you are interviewing with to make an accurate assessment and decision. Check out UDig’s Interview Prep Guide for more insight.
The trick is to balance the timing of your options. And once you have identified the right opportunity, be decisive and be honest with the companies you are interviewing with in your job search. Surprises are bad, looking after your own interests is not. This is your life and your career. If you know what you are looking for, trust your gut feeling. You do not want to put an offer in jeopardy just to look at other options if your gut is telling you this is the job for you. Companies can pull offers if too much time elapses. The perception is that by putting off answering an offer indicates lack of interest. In most cases, this is true. There has to be something about the offer or opportunity that is not making you jump out of your seat to accept it. You either need more information or you are not interested. Don’t put yourself through the stress of contemplating options that do not make sense for you.
At the end of the day, it’s all about making the right career decision. You should feel free to explore all the options you need in order to find the right fit. There is a way to add integrity to your job search, be fair to recruiters and employers alike and ultimately find an opportunity that fits your career interests and life goals. It is complicated and stressful, and hopefully you have the appropriate support through that process to be confident in your decision. Happy hunting!