Interviewing For A Job You Don’t Want? Top Reasons You Should Turn Up Anyway

8 Reasons To Show Up To An Interview For a Job You Don’t Want

You Can Never Get Enough Interview Practice

Every job interview is a chance to practice answering questions and honing your interview skills. That said, why wait until your idea of the perfect job comes along to practice your interview skills? Interviewing for jobs you don’t want gives you the chance to develop your skills without blowing your chances of landing your dream job.

Lady holds her hands to her temples in front of the interview panel
Job interviews can be stressful but the more practice you have, the easier they get. So it makes sense to practice your interview skills on jobs you’re really not that bothered about.

It Might Not be What it Seems

They do say you should never judge a book by its cover. So, upon reading the job description, you may assume that this vacancy isn’t for you. Although you may find after having a conversation with the hiring manager, receiving a tour of the building and meeting the team, you might see that there is more to it than you initially thought.

You May Find Out About About More Suitable Opportunities

Companies are often hiring for multiple vacancies at the same time. We often see instances where candidates interview for one job and receive a job offer for a more suited role to their skill set. Therefore, by declining the interview invitation, you may be closing yourself off to more suitable opportunities.

Get Inside The Head of a Hiring Manager

The more interviews you attend, the more you will learn about what impresses hiring managers about your skills and experience. Conversely, any post-interview feedback may provide valuable insight into what’s not worth wasting time discussing.

Join Their Talent Pool

Every company worth working for uses talent pooling as part of its long term recruitment strategy. To give an example of how this works, let’s consider a common scenario. Let’s say you accept an interview invitation for a company that’s a fantastic place to work. However, throughout the meeting, it becomes apparent that this role is not for you. If the hiring manager likes you, they will want to add you to their talent pool.

Grow Your Network

Interviewing for a job you don’t want gives you the chance to get inside the company and meet people you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to. Using the interview as a networking opportunity gives you the chance to make new connections. You never know when your paths might cross in future, thus opening the doors to opportunities that might otherwise have been closed to you.

Clarify Your Career Goals

Sometimes, what’s most important to us does not become apparent until we rule out unsuitable options. So while you may not accept this job in a million years, attending an interview you’re unsure about may help you get clarity on what matters most.

Interviewing for a job you don't want like this lady looking at her phone in confusion
Whether or not to attend an interview can cause some confusion but turning up anyway may provide some unexpected clarity.

Use The Offer To Attain Your Goals

If you’re serious about your next career move, you’re likely interviewing for several positions at once. If not, you should be! The reason for this is that if you’re lucky enough to receive multiple offers, it gives you more bargaining power to command the salary you’re seeking.

A Few Final Thoughts on Attending Interviews for Jobs You Don’t Really Want

Talking ourselves out of doing things we’re unsure about is only natural, especially when facing a potentially stressful situation. However, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone can open the door to opportunities we may otherwise miss out on.



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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: