A lot of people go into a job interview because of need: they are either out of a job and have to find income immediately or they are super sick of their current position and they’re desperate to leave.
Truth is, you should be job interviewing outside of these two scenarios too. If you even have a hint of feeling dissatisfied with your job, go on an interview and see how it makes you feel.
Did the interview make you feel inadequate? Then you need to learn more. Did the interview make you feel like a rockstar? Then maybe it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. How you feel coming out of a job interview will tell you a lot about where you are in your career and where you can improve or grow. It’s like having a yearly review from an outside source.
But every time you do go on a job interview, you need to interview your potential employer as much as they are interviewing you.
What is the point of accepting a job and being miserable there, then needing to start the job searching process all over again?
My rule of thumb is considering the following three things when looking for a new job: Your Talents, Your Interests, and Your Needs.