The telephone rings. It is an unexpected call. On the other side, an unknown but cordial voice asks me to dedicate a few minutes. Who is this? What do they want? How did you get my number? This is a headhunter, scout, recruiter, stalker, … I don’t really know what to call this person who has investigated the networks and, after a thorough search, full of keywords, I’m the end result.
I’m not looking for a job, and no, I do not have time to talk… yes, I’m just fine at my company, No, thank you, I’m not interested in a professional change … or am I? What if it is the offer of a life-time? What if they are going to propose the project that I have long been waiting for? What if they are going to offer me a career plan? Or improve my salary conditions? what if…? what if…?
While a thousand questions assail my mind, my interlocutor continues talking and I get carried away by his words. I want to know, I want to have more details that are not easily resolved over an initial, brief call.
They invite me to an interview, but why should I go? I don’t have time, it’s too complicated… either they tell me everything upfront, or I’m liable to hang up. Why did I even answered the call, anyway?
However, within a process of serious, professional selection, what better to look closer at our own faces and speak quietly, right? Ok, I accept, I confirm my availability to attend the interview and I am convinced that I will not lose anything by going ahead with it.
As candidates, the consideration of professional change often scares us, especially when we are not in an active search and someone contacts us unexpectedly. In fact, that we garner attention is inherently positive; it means that we are well-positioned in the networks, that our profile is attractive, we have attractive qualities for companies and we can aspire to new opportunities.
Why then, should I go to a job interview when I’m not searching? First of all, to get to know the market, and what projects are being developed within other companies, with what tools and how they work and, above all, to evaluate what I could contribute and what I would lack to perform at that position. I can use this information to know what is on the other side and validate if it is more motivating than what I already do today. Maybe it’ll surprise me! And of course, although going to the interview does not guarantee I’m automatically a candidate, it will help me to become more aware of my capabilities and limitations, what the market demands and what I can improve upon.
Going to a job interview does not commit me to accepting a proposal I’m unsure about, but it will help me to broaden horizons, reposition myself, understand why they’ve contacted me, what’s expected of me and what route it could take.
The labor market is full of opportunities and, at K-LAGAN, by collaborating with such diverse sectors and developing innovative projects of different kinds, we can still go further. We are lucky enough to be able to interview people, and not only to offer them a specific project where the answer is either “yes or no”, but to investigate their profile and motivations and offer them the project that really fits their aspirations.
Whether you are in search or not, you are afraid of change or want to venture out, you feel comfortable in your company or are looking to exit, why not come in for an interview and conversation?
Escrito por Cristina Moreno
Talent Acquisition Global Manager