One of our recent graduates asked me for some advice regarding his job search. He had been seeking a position for several months, and, as luck would have it, he interviewed for two different positions within the same timeframe. Of course, the job he wanted most was on a later timeline for making a decision, so he was asking for strategies of how to manage delaying one while waiting for the other.
It brought to mind the job searching advice that I outlined in Blog #80. While choosing a new job is one of the most important decisions you can make, it is essential to remember that you are not in the driver’s seat until an offer is in your hand. Until that point, you are at the mercy of the process and scheduling of your prospective employer.
You can be candid — to a point. But no employer wants to be your #2 choice, just as no candidate wants to feel like they were hired because the person the company really wanted said no. Both parties want to begin a new relationship feeling like winners and you need to do your part to contribute to that feeling.
Taking a new job is like speed dating that ends in marriage. Be truthful and be yourself in the brief courtship to keep your relationship healthy in the long term.