If you’re offered an interview when you’re not even actively looking for a job, accept the interview! How flattering! They must have heard something exciting about you, so don’t simply reply that you’re “not interested” or “not actively looking.” Instead, change your mindset and hear them out. Consider the opportunity so you can make an informed decision. Otherwise, how will you know if you’re turning down a chance for career growth?
Why You Should ALWAYS Accept an Interview
A Recruiter is Strategic
Whoever has reached out to you already knows that you’re not actively looking for a new job. But they’re reaching out because they think you’re a good fit for this role and it’d be a good opportunity for career advancement. The chance is now—you can decide whether the timing is right.
This Opportunity is Better
The recruiter or hiring manager who contacted you knows that you’re not going to leave your job for a position that is a lateral move or even worse than the one you’re in. They have to be pretty confident that what they’re offering you is better than your current job. Otherwise, they wouldn’t waste their time reaching out.
Keep Your Options Open
If you have more options, you can be sure that you’ll be able to make the best decision for yourself and advance your career. In fact, if you’re securely employed you can afford to give each opportunity that comes up more consideration. Whereas if you’re unemployed and actively looking, you’re more likely to jump at any chance you get, eager for a salary and benefits, but not necessarily the best opportunity.
You Don’t Have to Commit
Just because you hear them out and seriously consider a position doesn’t mean that you’re committing to anything. Once you have more information and feel confident deciding, you can simply thank them for their consideration but tell them it’s not the best move for you in your career at the moment.
Weigh Your Options
Regardless of how much you love your current job, give this pop-up opportunity a real chance. That might mean changing your mindset and imagining yourself in the role. Be honest—is it a good fit? If it’s not, what type of opportunity would make you leave your current job? Tell that to the recruiter so they can keep an eye out for you.
No matter what final decision you make, at least you can walk away from the encounter with more information about the current job marketplace. Even if you’re not ready to pursue anything, you at least know what kinds of opportunities are out there, what compensation packages look like, and what kinds of qualifications are in high demand. Again, the more information you have, the better decisions you’ll make, and the better you’ll be positioned to advance your career.
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