It seems like every day I speak with a candidate who wants to make a decision before it’s time. It is human nature to consider the information you have and to want to make a decision based upon that information. An interview process is stressful and time consuming. It requires deep commitment and great flexibility. Information flows back and forth and time has a way of disrupting that flow.
An interview process involves many people; each with his or her own agenda. Businesses, and their representatives, make decisions that are financially driven. Candidates, the people looking for new opportunities, make decisions that are driven by personal needs. Sometimes those objectives align and sometimes they do not.
When an individual is amidst an interview process, particularly when he or she is currently employed, and further complicated by participating in interview processes with multiple companies, there is an over stimulation of information. Beyond the information flow, there is the balance of life (personal and professional) to contend with.
There’s a reason we say, “Finding a job is a job in and of itself.”
A friend of mine once gave me a piece of advice. He said, “Never rush decision making. Never presume you have the answer without contemplation and consideration.” I’ve taken those words to heart for 20 years. He suggested that I process a decision by imagining how other people – friends, family, colleagues, and others for whom I respect would perceive the information.
To this day, I don’t make decisions without gathering as much information as I possibly can. While I understand the value of decisiveness, rushing to make a decision can prove costly. It’s this lesson that many candidates could benefit from learning.
There is never a decision to make until an offer is extended. If an offer is extended, the leverage shifts to the individual. He or she can negotiate or decline the offer. The key to a successful interview process is to win each and every interview. With each win comes more information and a greater sense of company motives and culture.
The information gleamed during the interview process, coupled with the research conducted by the individual, establishes a clear picture of what is to be considered. Ultimately, a candidate has to consider all of the information obtained throughout an interview process, and make the best decision based upon said information. There is no decision to make until then.