Job Interviewing is a Two Way Street

Job search is not for the faint of heart.  You have to deal with lots of rejection and frustration.  That’s why some people make the mistake of taking a job that is not right for them — the any port in a storm mentality.  I always remind my career mentoring clients that job search is a two way street.  Job seekers should be evaluating the companies where they are interviewing as much as the companies are evaluating them.

This article does a great job of making that point.

I know that it’s hard to run away from a job offer, but sometimes it’s for the best.  Taking a job that is not right for you will put you in a position of looking for another one all too soon.  The story in the article above about the Marketing Coordinator position that was really an Administrative Assistant position drives home that point.  A poorly defined set of position expectations is a big red flag.  If you don’t run, you should at least walk away from that situation.

I know that this is difficult to do — especially if you have been out of work for a while.  But trust me on this one, taking the wrong job will only make you miserable and will put you back into job search mode all too quickly.

Job search is a two way street.  Companies should be out to impress candidates as much as candidates are out to impress them.  If you get weird vibes about a company in an interview, imagine what it must be like to work there.  If you encounter situations like the one described in the article, walk away.  Keep looking for the right — not the perfect — fit.  You’ll be better off in the long run.

Your career mentor,


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