Why You Should Say YES to Interviews, Even When You Are Not Looking for a Job
Explore the unexpected benefits of embracing interviews, not as job hunting, but as an opportunity for growth, networking, and self-discovery.
Hello, Remote Leader ✌️
This week, I’d like to share an interesting conversation with my LinkedIn audience.
The topic was the value of saying "Yes" to interviews, even when you're not actively job hunting. I got insightful comments that broadened the discussion to cover both the candidates and the company's perspectives.
In my post, I highlighted four main reasons why engaging in interviews can be a beneficial practice:
Perspective: Understanding the skills the market values.
Challenge: A self-audit of your professional abilities.
Network: The potential to meet future allies, mentors, or door openers.
Confidence: Keeping your interview skills sharp and nerves at bay.
The Company's Point Of View
My friend Antonio Farina - Director of Engineering at Translated - raised an excellent point from the company's perspective, emphasizing the potential time wasted on candidates who are not genuine in the job market.
He suggests a virtuous cycle of transparency where candidates openly communicate their intentions.
IMHO, whoever is going to apply for an interview is somehow open to changing his mind. I usually try to spot the real driver who is in front of me, always asking:
"Why are you looking for a new opportunity?"
This question is a must in all my interviews because I saw that it can let me easily understand whether they are looking for another job.
The Fear of Being Judged
It's also about the "fear" of being judged that can lead to pretending to consider it as a waste of time. It's more than normal, but it's crucial to overcome this fear 💪
From Both Sides of the Table
For Candidates: Saying "yes" to interviews can uncover opportunities you hadn't considered, offer insights into your market value, and expand your professional network. It's about opening doors to potential futures, not just the immediate hunt for a new role.
For Companies: A transparent and open dialogue with candidates can help identify those genuinely interested in the opportunities your company offers. It's about building relationships, not just filling positions.
Embracing interviews, regardless of your current job status, can enrich your professional life and offer clarity and direction. It's about saying "yes" to growth, opportunity, and the potential to shape your career path in unexpected and rewarding ways.
That's all for this Saturday.
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