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The Importance of seeing the interview process out

So you have decided to look for a new job. It might be because you are unhappy in your current role, you want more money or you simply need a new challenge. Whatever the reason, you get in touch with some recruitment agencies who quickly get some interviews set up.

You attend the first interview and feel it went well and you’re interested in the role but you know you have a few other interviews coming up. You then receive a call from the recruitment consultant informing that you have been made a job offer. What do you do now?

An automatic checklist forms in your mind of things to do. Call your Mother, hand in your notice, and cancel those interviews next week. However my question is, why cancel your interviews next week?

The current market within residential conveyancing is very strong and as a candidate you tend to have a selection of opportunities. We are finding that many of our candidates have the opportunity to attend an interview with not just one firm but several. Most people also tend to think that the job offer they receive first could be the only one or that other offers will be similar if not the same or simply they have just had enough of looking.

However, in reality every firm is different. Each firm has its own personality and everyone within each firm is different. All roles may sound the same however each role will vary depending on the individual firm. So until you actually go to the interview and meet the people at the firm it is impossible to say you have made the right choice. It could turn out that you actually prefer the firm that you have just interviewed with rather than the one that has made you the offer but you could discover that actually you had made the right choice.

Something I have personally found; when you’re holding a job offer you tend to interview in a very different way. The thought behind it is that you do not feel the pressure to do well therefore you are able to express yourself in a truer light. This said, you could ultimately receive a better offer because you have comes across to the interviewer very well.

The biggest reason that people think it is necessary to cancel interviews is because they don’t want to keep the potential employer waiting for any period of time. People tend to think that they will lose the job offer if it is not accepted straight away. A good recruitment consultant will be able to advise you on this, they should know what the acceptable waiting period for their client is. So in reality the interview you are thinking of cancelling next week should not be a problem as this is a realistic timescale for you to consider your offer. The reason I say this is because this is my job and I see it all time. I have also had first hand experience of being interviewed whilst holding a job offer.

BCL Legal will be able to help throughout your job search including advising you on matters such as this. As the market continues to grow from strength to strength you will likely find yourself in this position and therefore need to be prepared.

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