After a job interview, your friends, family and even recruiter will undoubtedly ask you how your interview went. Hopefully your answer is that it went well, and if it did you might have to consider if you would take the job should they offer it to you. Being offered as job is exciting, but to stop yourself from making a snap decision, take some time to reflect and consider the below:
Try to remember what drew you to the role in the first place and whether you now feel more or less interested than you did before the interview. For example, you may have been attracted to the scope for progression, the stretch opportunities, and the variety of work involved. Now you have been to the interview and found out more, can you honestly say this opportunity would push you to your full potential? How does it fit in with the career plan and objectives you first set out when you embarked upon your job search? Are you still as excited about the opportunity?
It may be the case that during the interview you realised the role was different from what you expected. It’s normal to be nervous in interviews, but think back to your interview. Where these positive nerves? Did you feel excited, and like this is the challenge you have been waiting for?
Remember why you decided to go to this interview in the first place – something is clearly missing in your current job. The question is, does this new role have what your current one lacks?
Before the interview, you may have had an idea of what type of company you wanted to work for next, in terms of its purpose, values, culture and possibly even size. After having met with this organisation, how do they compare? Could you see yourself buying into their vision, and feeling passionate about working here?
You should also consider the “personality” of the company, that is, the company culture. It can be tricky to get a feel for a company’s culture in one interview, but try to think back to how the interviewer described the business and team. They might have used words such as “close knit” or “sociable”, giving an indication of the dynamic you would be walking into. Does this suit your personality? Perhaps you were even shown around the office or introduced to your potential colleagues. What were your first impressions upon meeting them?
Ultimately, could you see yourself integrating well with the company culture and values, and do you think you would be a good fit?
Speaking of your future colleagues, how did your potential boss come across during the interview? This is important, after all, you would be reporting into this person on a daily basis, coming to them for guidance and support, especially during those early days on the job. Again, it isn’t always easy to get a clear picture of this from just one interview, but certain behaviours will indicate what this person is like to work for:
Your gut feel isn’t just a suspicion; it is your intuition telling you that a certain decision is for the best, even if it doesn’t make complete logical sense at the time. For you, maybe this position isn’t 100 per cent perfect, but your gut is telling you that it doesn’t matter; this is a risk worth taking. If you walked away from this interview feeling more excited than when you walked in, even though certain boxes in your “perfect job” criteria remained unchecked, then that’s your instincts kicking in and you should pay attention to them.
Having considered all of the above, you should now be feeling clearer on whether you truly want to accept this offer or not. If you do, be sure to confirm that you are still interested in the role with your recruiter, and ask them to pass this message on via a thank you email to the interviewer. Fingers crossed the feeling is mutual, and in no time at all, you will be accepting an opportunity that pushes you to your full potential.
For more information or to discuss your employment needs, please contact your local consultant.
Pam has been at Hays for over 20 years and is the Director of People and Culture working across EMEA. Prior to her current role working across Europe, Pam held a management role within Hays running a large commercial region in the UK. Having benefited from gaining first-hand experience managing teams in a busy sales environment, Pam is now passionate about sharing her experience; providing the best support to our business and ensuring that our workforce is able to adapt to the changing world of work.
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