I don’t know about you, but if I can afford to do it, I actually like to go to interviews even when I don’t want the job. In today’s world, it’s a real luxury to be called in for an interview.
Here are some of the reasons why I think you should try it too:
- It helps you evaluate your current market value
Find out how much companies/organisations are willing to pay for your skills and what you bring to the table as a person. Remember, just because an organisation is proposing to pay you 10k for your skills, doesn’t mean that you can’t get doubled that amount in another organisation. Some organisations may also try to underpay you, this will allow you to be more objective about the conversation flow and you may learn to stand your ground.
2. It helps you re-evaluate your negotiables and non-negotiables
We are all bound to compromise at some point or the other. This is the perfect opportunity for you to find out on which grounds you are willing to compromise or not. This is what I meant by your negotiables and non-negotiables. It is the perfect time to identify your likes and dislikes as well.
3. It helps you evaluate how people perceive your career path through a recruiter’s point of view
One is really lucky if they had a straight and what seems like a logical career path these days due to the current reality of the job market. Not all recruiters truly understand what really matters in an interview setting. You will be better able to entertain the different perspectives.
4. It may remind you of the purpose and vision you’ve set for yourself
We all consciously or unconsciously working towards a purpose or vision. The latter may either be solely related to how your job can contribute to your desired living standard, or be related to a bigger purpose involving other people/society. We sometimes lose sight of our purpose/vision when we are on survival mode or just stuck in a rat race.
5. It may expand your worldview
When was the last time you learned something new? A new way of thinking/perspective? A new way of evaluating your competences or having your competences put to test? When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone to see what else is out there?
6. When you aren’t attached to the end goal of needing the job, you can be more relaxed and be yourself.
You’ve got nothing to lose at this point. Might as well make the most of this situation. Many times, recruiters are in a position of power because it seems that we need them more than they need is (which is not actually true). In this situation, you may feel more confident and speak your truth more easily.
7. What’s the worst thing that can happen?
You can be rejected from a job you didn’t really want? You get an offer from a job what actually turned out to be more attractive than your current job? You got to be yourself in a situation where a lot of people sugarcoat? You invested half a day for self-awareness and new perspective? You met new people – other interviewees, staffs, interviewers? Opened your eyes to new possibilities? I’m sure you can think of other things that may happen as well.
What else would you add the the list? Please share with it with us in the comments below.