“So, how did it go?” This was probably one of the first questions your recruiter, friends and family asked you after your recent job interview. Hopefully your answer was that it went well, and if it was, their next question may well have been: “Would you take the role if you were offered it?”
Well, would you?
No doubt you’ll be feeling drained, with plenty of thoughts, feelings and questions swimming through your mind. So, to avoid making a snap decision, take some time
alone to reflect, and consider the below:
1. Were you sold on the job?
Try to remember what drew you to the role in the first place and whether you now feel more or less interested than you did before the interview. For example, you may have been attracted to the scope for progression, the stretch opportunities, and the variety of work involved. Now you have been to the interview and found out more, can you honestly say this opportunity would push you to your full potential? How does it fit in with the career plan and objectives you first set out when you embarked upon your job search?
Another key indicator is how you felt when the interviewer was explaining the role in more detail to you. Did you feel excited, and like this is the challenge you have been waiting for? Did you find yourself asking more questions about the opportunity? You may have felt slightly nervous and daunted by the increment in responsibility, as anyone does when stepping outside their comfort zone, but ultimately, were these positive nerves?
Remember why you decided to go to this interview in the first place – something is clearly missing in your current job. The question is, does this new role have what your current one lacks?
2. Is the company right for you?
Before you attended the interview, you may have had an idea of what type of company you wanted to work for next, in terms of its purpose, values, culture and possibly even size. Now you have met with this organisation, how do they compare? Could you see yourself buying into their vision, and feeling passionate about working here?