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Why you should treat job interviews like a two way street

Turn the job interview process in your favor
Turn the job interview process in your favor
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Interviewing for jobs can leave you feeling like the odds are against you and the company has all the power.

To even the playing field, you need to start treating job interviews like a two way street and adjusting your job search strategy to allow for this.

What does a 'two way street' mean?

You should be interviewing the company while they're interviewing you. Don't go into a job interview without questions and an idea of what criteria you're looking for in your next position.

You should be asking questions and evaluating the job and organization to determine whether it's going to be a good fit for your personality, your career goals, etc. Do this by asking questions that are designed to uncover the best and worst aspects of the job.

Talk about your career aspirations and ask if and how this job might fit into your big picture goals. Talk about skills you hope to gain in the short term and ask whether this job can provide that type of training.

How can you set yourself up to be more picky?

The easiest way to set yourself up for this approach is to apply for multiple jobs and have multiple ongoing interviews.

It's never a good idea to put all of your eggs in one basket and this is especially true when interviewing for jobs.

Don't make the mistake of stopping your job search when you succeed in landing one face to face interview. If you don't get the job, you'll be back to square one.

You'll also have less leverage and perspective in the job interview. How are you going to ask specific questions and evaluate whether the position is a good fit if you have nothing else to compare it to?

A passive job search is vital to career growth

Another great way to enable yourself to be more selective during the job interview process is to conduct a passive job search while holding your current job.

You don't have to be searching actively at all times, but listening to colleagues and recruiters when they are sharing information about what else is out there can be very beneficial.

It can't hurt to explore other opportunities and look for carer advancement even if you're employed. In fact, this is often the best time to look for a job because you're not desperate and you have a lot of leverage when interviewing and negotiating a job offer.

The end result

Employers want high quality candidates that are sought after by multiple companies. You need to project this image if you want to secure high quality jobs.

By following this approach, you'll impress the interviewers by seeming like you're concerned with finding the best fitting position, rather than seeming eager to accept first position that is offered to you. This will help you obtain far more job offers.

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