When we least expect it, new career opportunities fall into our laps.
Whether you’ve been searching for a job or you’re currently employed, there’s always the chance you’ll be offered an interview. However, if you’re not excited about the opportunity, it’s easy to say “thanks, but no thanks.”
Although you might be tempted to turn down the job interview, it’s definitely worth your time to attend anyways. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, test your skills, and even build new networking connections.
If you’ve recently been offered a job interview you’re not thrilled about, here are seven reasons why you should still go:
1. Interview practice.
If you’re having second thoughts about the job interview, use this interview as a chance to practice your ability to answer tough interview questions. It takes time to master the art of job interviewing. The more job interviews you do, the more confident you become.
2. Networking opportunities.
Job interviews open the door for new relationships and industry connections. Even if you aren’t interested in working for the company at the moment, you can still use the interview to establish a strong internal connection with the company.
3. Resume feedback.
Another way you can take advantage of a job interview is to receive critical feedback on your resume. Ask the hiring manager what they desire out of top candidates and use this feedback to improve how you market your skills on your resume.
4. Future job opportunities.
This interview is a great way to get your foot in the door of a new company. If the interview goes well, you might be able to use the hiring manager as a future reference when you apply for another job. Additionally, the hiring manager may contact you if they have a future job opening that better suits your needs and goals.
5. Negotiation skills.
If you’re feeling experimental, you might want to use this job interview as a chance to practice your negotiation skills.
Let’s say the employer offers you a job after the interview. Tell the hiring manager you have to think about the opportunity and you’ll have an answer within a few days.
When you return with your answer, be prepared with a list of items you’d like to negotiate with the employer, such as more benefits or a higher salary. This will allow you to test the waters without having to risk missing out on a job opportunity. And who knows, you might even get what you ask for!
6. Access to industry secrets.
This job interview could be your opportunity to learn what it takes to get the top of your industry.
When you enter the job interview, be prepared to drill the interviewer with questions about the company, what it takes to succeed in this industry, and the type of experience and skills they desire out of top candidates. By gaining this knowledge, you’ll be more prepared to impress similar employers in future job interviews.
7. More control.
If you aren’t necessarily looking for a new job, this interview allows you to get what you want out of the experience.
For instance, if you’re going to the interview to simply get your name out there, then promote your expertise like crazy. On the other hand, if you’re going to the interview learn about the company, then make sure you soak up as much information as possible. It’s up to you what you decide to take away from the opportunity.
Have you gone to a job interview that you had second thoughts about? What did you gain from the experience?