Even minor victories are still victories
➔ Typically we measure our successes by some sort of positive outcome. When job seeking, landing that elusive new position is the ultimate measure of success. And that’s as it should be.
However, wouldn’t it be great to secure some victories along the way if nothing else just to bolster your spirits? Yes, it would. But what are those victories? It probably varies, but in the grand scheme of things, it has to do with your perspective; your job search outlook or approach.
The two-way interview
Previously we have touched on the concept of the two-way interview. It’s a state of mind really. That’s where – in a job interview – the traditional viewpoint is that some hiring manager is judging whether or not you’re the right candidate for the position. That’s not going away.
But the two-way interview takes it a step further, pointing out that you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you. Is this the kind of company where I would like to work? Are these the kind of people with whom I’d like to work? Is this the best I can do?
Not everyone has the discipline to say “No” when the stars aren’t sufficiently aligned to make them sufficiently comfortable enough to accept a situation where they have serious doubts. It’s tough. We understand that. But it’s also self-defeating when you accept a position that you know is not right for you.
This is one of those instances where saying “No” and walking away without a job can be considered a success. Yes, deciding not to do something can be a successful outcome.