Five Reasons to Interview for a Job, Even If You Are Not Sure

Five Reasons to Interview for a Job, Even If You Are Not Sure

You’ve gotten a lead on a job that, a first blush, sounds perfect. But then you learn information about the company or the job itself that causes you to think again about how good that job may really be. Should you even bother submitting your résumé?

I would encourage you to not mark the position off your list just yet. It’s not like you have already interviewed and know your decision is no.

Here are five good reasons to keep a job that you aren’t sure about on your radar:

1. The skills mentioned in the job posting fit with what you can do and are interested in doing. Even though it’s possible that it may not be “the job” for you, the fact that you see a match with your skills set indicates that it is representational of the kinds of jobs that you are targeting. At minimum, you can base your résumé off the language in the ad to create a document that will resonate with employers looking for job seekers like you.

2. You can respond to the posting to test the waters. If the company calls you for an initial interview, you know for certain that your résumé is doing its job by getting your foot in the door.

3. Going on an interview, even if you are unsure of the job, is good practice. You may be less nervous because you feel like you have less to lose, and you may end up doing better at the interview because you are more at ease. Getting the practice can also give you insight into which answers garner positive responses and may help you feel more confident at subsequent interviews.

4. In an interview, you may find out that this particular position is a better fit than you originally thought. It may pay better for highly skilled candidates. Or the benefits may be really awesome. Or the work environment is perfect. If you don’t try, you will never know.

5. You can try to negotiate if it seems like a good fit. Really, this works. In the case of one client, the company he interviewed with was willing to pay a fair salary, but the offer of employment indicated that they were going to start him at the bottom for vacation days. I told my client to ask about getting more vacation time and coached him on what to say. He then successfully negotiated for an additional week of vacation pay for the first year, with getting another bump in vacation at the start of year two.

Can’t reach an agreement with the employer? Weigh all the factors to determine how important the sticking point is to you. If it is an issue that can’t be compromised, you can always say no. There’s no problem with that.

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Melissa Cooley, career coach and certified résumé writer of The Job Quest, LLC unearths her clients’ career examples to showcase the talents and results that make them must-hire candidates. Click here for more information on ways to partner with Melissa for your career success!

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