Job Interview Match Dance

Job Interview Success Tips

Man interviews woman to determine if she would be a good job fit and cultural fit for his company.
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People forget that the purpose of a job interview is not just to get the job. Sound strange to you? It’s not. You go to a job interview to discover whether your talents, abilities, interests, and direction are a good fit for the job, the company, and the company’s mission.

During a job interview, you have the chance to present yourself professionally. You have the opportunity to ask questions and determine whether your preferred workplace is a match with the workplace your potential employer supplies.

Sometimes, if all else is a good match, you are selected for the job. Sometimes, the company’s needs and your strengths are not a good match. The job interview is the right time to discover this.

Smart Candidates Turn Down Second Job Interviews

Being exactly who you are – your best professional self - during a job interview is critical. Let your personality, interests and abilities shine through during the job interview. Provide the information needed for the employer to find out that you are a great match for the job – if you really are.

Recently, two candidates turned down the opportunity to participate in a second job interview with a client company. Rather than feeling bad about it – they were both excellent candidates – I called each of them to discover why they had turned down a second job interview. (A candidate who turns down a second job interview is rare indeed, and I wanted to know why.)

The first candidate, who worked in advertising at the time, had decided to pursue a career in HR. She said that she had participated in interviews at several companies. After learning about the job of an HR Assistant, she decided to pursue a different position within the business for her work. She has eliminated both advertising and human resources as current career choices.

The second candidate, after learning about the benefits and career paths available in a smaller company, decided to stay with her major-sized employer. Sadly, locking on golden handcuffs at age twenty-five, and despite the fact that her career interests were more congruent with the smaller company, she eschewed the opportunity. She decided to retain her hefty benefits and stay in her little box on the big organization chart.

Employer Saved Turnover Costs

Both candidates made good choices within their current understanding of themselvesand their needs. The company is pleased that the managers did not invest months of work in training a new employee only to have the employee leave for a different opportunity. Employers forget how costly turnover costs actually are, but when you think of the staff time invested in a new employee, the costs are high.

When an employee leaves, the employer also loses opportunity costs and the knowledge the employee has gained as well as the relationships she forged to accomplish work.

The employer was also happy that he will not need to start over again in an employee search any time soon. Re-energizing an employee search is time consuming and discouraging. (Fortunately, the company found the right employee during the next set of interviews and she was an excellent fit for their job and their culture.)

This story is an example of the interview process working well for both the candidate and for the company. When the appropriate match between talents, interests, direction, and abilities is missing, both the company and the candidate need to run - don’t walk – to their next interview.

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