You’ve taken the psychological advantage (PA), listed your job needs, and interviewed. Now what?
Review your notes to decide if the job fits. Will your list of needs be met? Did you hear the answers you needed to? Did the employer commit to your mutual success? PA comes from having complete information about the job.
Sure, much of the PA sits with the employer as they decide whether to make an offer. But, you must decide if you want it, don’t want it, or will settle for less than ideal. Base your decision on facts, not emotion. Don’t say, “I really want this job!” Do say, “This job is a great fit!”
If you decide the position is right, contact the employer and tell them. Remind them of what you offer and how you’ll be successful together. If you don’t want it, let them know, as well. If you choose to walk away, know you did so with confidence in your decision. Then, keep searching.
The power of PA is you taking control of your job search. This reduces the stress and emotion. It helps you recognize that you’re an equal partner in the process. You are not at the mercy of others.
As said in part 1, employers want to hire you. They are looking for reasons to hire you. Your job is to give them reasons. If it’s not a good match, it’s not personal. It’s not a failure. It means that a better job is out there for you. Go get it!
David Koster is the owner and principle consultant of Team Learning Services. He has 30 years experience in the education and learning industry.