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.
What are you good at?
Are you a people pleaser that loves to be organized? Then maybe you’d be a great administrative assistant. Are you a math whiz and a strategic thinker? Then maybe you could be an architect. You get the idea.
Personally, I’ve loved entertaining my whole life – from sleepovers as a kid to house parties in college, I just always liked to be the life of the party. That’s why I think being an event planner wasn’t a far leap from what I loved to do in my free time already.
I seriously agree with Confucius when he said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
This is the most important point!
What do you need out of your job? I know for me, I’ve moved on from jobs because of the following reasons:
- desiring more of a challenge and a leadership position
- a higher salary
- benefits like a 401K match, flextime, and maternity leave
Whatever job you choose, make sure it not only interests you but that it also meets your basic ‘needs’ and also your ‘wants’.
Have you ever had an amazing job interview experience? If so, what about it made it so good?