Interviews can be stressful, but they’re the ideal opportunity to find out so much more about the role – even if you’re not solely convinced… yet.
Why go to the job interview?
Imagine the feeling three months down the line if you’re still hunting for that next role and imagining “what if?” – it’s always better to make an educated decision once you know all the facts, rather than assumptions. The best way to get all the facts is to go to the interview. The worst thing that can happen is you’re able to conclude that you’re not right for the role, and you’re in no worse position than you were before.
Build your network
Introducing yourself to a business of interest means that you have extended your network and got your face in front of a decision-maker in your industry. Who knows? Maybe down the track, they might be able to introduce you to someone else, and you can continue to build your network. So often we see a candidate go for one role and get pulled into the mix for another.
Get the full story
There is so much that you learn about the role and business straight from the source. It’s hard to understand the full scope of everything from the position description alone. We often hear people come back from interviews saying how inspired they are by the hiring manager or the scope of the role, so much more so than prior to interviewing.
Practice makes perfect
Finally, think about each interview as an opportunity to hone in on what hiring managers are really looking for. Paying attention to the specific questions the interviewer is asking about your background and the skills she’s most interested in will give you a good sense of how to shine in future interviews.
No, going to an interview you’re not totally stoked about is never going to be all that exciting. But, if you treat the time you’re there as a learning experience, it’s definitely worth your time. And—take it from us—you just might be surprised and find a role you really love.
The lesson here? Just go to the interview. Don’t die wondering!