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‘I started job hunting last week and I was introduced to a job opportunity through a recruiter. The whole process went very smoothly and I had breezed through the first and second round of interviews within a week. The following week, I was offered the job. I’m not sure if this is the best opportunity available in the jobs market and whether I will be able to ask for a higher salary in another company. Should I accept the offer or reject it and look around longer?’ he asked.
Some professionals may have experienced the same situation before, leaving them to feel that they may be missing out on other potential job opportunities in the market if they accept an offer at the early stages of job hunting. If you find yourself in a similar situation, ask yourself the following question before making the final decision:
“What are the top 3 most important criteria you need to consider before you accept an offer? Is it salary increment, company size, the location, the role itself, or even the chemistry with the boss?”
If the offer you have right now fulfills your top 3 criteria, than I believe this is a good opportunity and you should consider accepting it. You never know when the next one will come, and you may be losing out on a good opportunity which has appeared in front of you at the right time.
Job search is not measured by how long it takes or how many interviews you have gone through, but it is all about why you started the job search in the first place, and whether the offer in front of you can fulfill your expectations and requirements in order to lead you to your next career step.
Dave Brailsford the director sportif/team principle of Team Sky reportedly said that ‘During the races, nothing is left to chance. You can have all the best bike technology, your own mattresses and pillows, your own chef, the best team buses and medical backup, the best mechanics, but ultimately the thing I have learned is that a rider cannot compete for the yellow jersey unless he is supremely fit and conditioned for the job.’
Being conditioned for the job means that every interview you attend or recruitment process you go through, whether that be with your recruitment consultant, first round with a client, interview preparation with your consultant or even a final round informal lunch or drinks needs to be an exercise in precision, team work, preparation and ultimately must be treated as the last opportunity to WIN the job.
In a more challenged market with hiring volumes down year on year coupled with ‘rightsizing’ of businesses globally, the steps you take and the clinical approach to your next career move are more crucial than they have ever been.
Here are my top tips to getting the best out of the process:
- Understand the role you are interviewing for – Can you honestly say that the last interview you went to you fully understood the role before you entered the interview room? No?….well my advice would be to interrogate your consultant – any recruiter worth their salt will know the role, the team, the culture, the career path and what isn’t written on the job description. It is the hidden aspects of the role which are invariably the most important or need most focus. If they don’t have time to, maybe it is time to find one who does!
- Prepare your answers fully – As career advisors, our role in the process is to evaluate you, your interview style, your answers and provide constructive feedback on these answers. Be prepared to hear things that you might not like to hear. Remember preparation does not mean being prescriptive as interviewers see through stock answers straight away, be natural but confident.
- Ask the interviewer questions – Intelligent, thorough questioning of your interviewer will demonstrate that you are ambitious, serious about your career, looking for a company to develop yourself in as well as demonstrating excellent communications skills. Don’t be afraid to have in depth discussions around a topic or share your views, all managers want and will respect individuals who can think and bring new well thought out ideas to the table.
- Sell your value proposition – What do you specifically bring to the table over and above the candidates that you are competing against? What have you actually achieved in your career that demonstrates that you are someone who is developing and will continue to develop? Are you self critical in terms of your own ability? What have you heard in the interview that further enhances your interest and desire for this career with this organisation?
- Turn up fresh – I’m not suggesting that you need your favorite pillow, mattress and duvet like the Tour De France guys but sleep (in excess of 7-9 hours is generally recommended), eat and drink well before the meeting, turn up on time and ensure you have enough time for the meeting even if it goes on for that extra 30 minutes you haven’t allocated for.
Following these will not guarantee you the top spot on the podium in Paris but they will help you to get a far as you possible can in your quest for a new career.
Good Luck and go Wiggo!