Maybe you are a passive candidate, after all most of the workforce is. More accurately about 60% of the workforce is not actively looking for other opportunities. They are either very content or safely in their comfort zone.
While staying in a comfort zone gives security, it does stunt growth. We all like reading those ‘do what you love quotes’ and then life goes on. But (in reality), you grow through experiences. And to gather experiences, you need to explore possibilities. How will you know you are doing what you love if you have not even explored what is out there that can be loved.
When you choose to remain as a passive candidate you are leaving money (read opportunity) on the table. So let’s shake things a bit in your favor. And allow me to present to you the five reasons why you should interview even if you love your job.
There’s always a new door and a new road to the dreamland of possibilities. There are times when we get committed to a new favorite item or a dish that we love unless we trip and fall for a better and may be, a completely different one.
You never know, interviewing and trying out new options may help you get closer to your perfect job. Do you remember the times we all used to sketch our dream jobs? So, what if this is not? What if you love your next job more than your current one?
Interviewing more helps you build up better interview skills. There can come a time when you consider switching jobs, and these skills will certainly help. Practice makes perfect.
Putting yourself out there for judgement might make you uncomfortable but remember you are not the only one getting judged here, so is the company interviewing you.
It is easier to network with people who have invested time in getting to know you better professionally. You crack an interview and you have won over people who have confidence in your abilities. Interviews give you a chance to have a conversation with the best individuals in your industry.
You can always take away something from them. Even if you decline the offer, you can get hold of some professional contacts.
If you already have a job, you have the power in your hands. Interviewing for the job doesn’t mean you have to leave your current job. You can choose for yourself. While you are interviewing, it may feel like this job “is not the one.”
You can decline the offer politely. But if you realise this new job is even better, you can now negotiate better because you already have one you love and the interviewer has to work to make you commit to a new one.
Working in a comfortable position almost takes us away from the outer world. Applying for other jobs and going for an interview helps you get an insight into the market. You can assess where you stand in it
What if you get to know that you’re not ready for the next job? You can work on yourself and be there in a year or two. You can thus get to know your competition and then take the lead in the game.
- Share best practices
Interviews are not a one way street. Your interviewer learns from you and you from them. It is a rather underrated medium of information exchange amongst professionals.
You can probably bring back, to your current job, best practices you heard about in an interview.
You are doing yourself a disservice by choosing to remain a passive candidate. Actively looking for a job, even if you love your current one is an easy way to continue growing in your career. So make this shift and reap the returns.