The Lesser of Two Evils

Choices to survive in today's economy, new or used, Obama or McCain?Interviews can be very nerve-wracking for candidates.  You want to make sure that your hair looks nice, that you don’t have a splotch of salad dressing on your pants, and that your breath doesn’t stink.  You want to make a good impression.

Keep in mind, however, that the pressure shouldn’t be only on you.  When you go to your interview, be sure that you are also evaluating the company.  Part of job fit entails whether or not you can see yourself working for the organization.  If you have concerns about the management style of the director or if there has been a significant amount of turnover in the position, maybe it would be worth giving a long, hard look at the company to determine if this would be a good place to hang your hat or not.

A recent post From Ask a Manager about a job candidate who saw many red flags during an interview process illustrates the importance of evaluating a prospective employer.

That being said, I know there are other things to consider, too, like keeping the steady supply of vittles going for your cat. What if you really need a job, any job?

Ask yourself the question that Kerry at Clue Wagon asks, “Does having money suck more or less than not having money?” The answer to that question will go a long way in telling you what you will be able to withstand in a job situation.

So, yes, keep your financial situation in mind as you are looking for a job. But, you can still critically evaluate a prospective employer. That way, even if all the jobs that you interview with have something that you are not happy about, you can hope that you get at least two offers so you can take the one that has the fewest red flags.


Choices to survive courtesy of Benimoto

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  1. This is wise advice, Melissa. Sometimes we have to weigh the “evils” and choose the lesser one, even if only temporarily.

    Cats have to eat, after all.

    • Thanks, Working Girl! And yes, they do (dogs and kids, too!)

      Another point made on Clue Wagon is that the temporary job can lead to other things happening in life. An example: when I was preparing for grad school, I needed to make some extra money. I went back to the gas station I worked at through my undergrad years, and they mercifully took me back in (though I was not happy to have to take that step). Within three months I started dating one of the customers, and he ended up becoming my husband. :)

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