Friday, December 18, 2009

20 Job Search Answers You Need To Know | #7 What is the purpose of the interview?

A: To get an offer

The lesson here is short and sweet (unlike the preponderance of my posts). Our next milestone is the offer and all our actions are driving to that. Therefore - don’t rush ahead and start the forthcoming milestone (negotiation) with the first question of the first interview.

Coming up

Since we’ve now entered game day of the process (and in these times – you’ve actually scored a sit down), separate posts on interview preparation, topics to avoid in the first round, questions I should ask the interviewer, phone (and now video) screens and some brief thoughts on negotiation are headed to an RSS Reader near you.


mbsweetzer said...

I want to suggest another objective here and that is, the interview is also your best opportunity to figure out whether it's a job you're truly interested in. I agree that you want to seem as enthusiastic as possible so you're under consideration right up until the very end. However, I've interviewed for a number of jobs where I told the hiring manager during or right after the interview that the job didn't seem like a good fit for me. I thanked them for their time and interest, but it didn't seem fair to prolong the process once I determined that the job was something I didn't want to do. In your experience--good approach or bad approach?

Thomas Copenhaver said...

Absolutely. This cuts both ways. And in these times, it is more important for the candidate to consider the value of the position and the company (as to not be back on the street again in just weeks).