Preparing for an interview and getting through one successfully is stressful. Generally, we do not take the time and energy to be thoroughly prepared if it is for a job we are not seriously considering taking.
I work closely with a gal who interviewed with a home building supply store one year ago. The position was for the human resources coordinator position, and she thought it would be her dream job. The duties included creating entry and exit interviews, working with their benefit administration, creating a reward system in regard to safety and production and handling the back end of the hiring process.
During the process of the interview, she learned that many systems and procedures were not in place, so she would be empowered to create the program, implement it and follow through with it. Essentially, she was told she could make the job "what she wanted it to be." Who wouldn’t want to be told this?
Shortly after the interview, she was offered the position. Once the offer was on the table, she told them she would need to think about it. After she factored in everything from the commute time, daycare expenses for two children, and the pay, she turned the position down.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the average employed adult spends 7.5 hours a day at work. Those hours add up, and accepting a position you know you won’t be happy in could make your life miserable in many aspects.
Aside from issues such as commutes and salary, there are several other reasons one would not accept a job offer that they originally wanted and prepared for. Trust your instincts. Some females, and occasionally I fall into this category, tend to be overdramatic or overreact when not necessary. If you aren’t generally one of those, and you feel that something isn’t right or you have some feelings of fear, listen to your gut. Your subconscious is trying to get your attention for a reason.
About a year ago, I talked with many local women who had quit their job about why. I found that most quit their jobs because of their bosses, not the job or company. If, after the interview, you are questioning having the interviewer as a boss, you need to take this feeling seriously.
Another important aspect to consider, is the culture of the company. For instance, if you know you like a relaxed environment, and you notice a formal atmosphere, you probably will not last too long in the company. Even as you accept the job, the thought of, "I am going to go crazy working there," may be floating through your mind.
Lastly, if you respond to a job opening that describes a position you could handle, then go through an interview only to realize the job is over your head, do not accept it. Taking on a new job is hard enough, but trying to bluff your way through your daily duties is even worse. Eventually, your lack of skills will catch up to you, most likely ending with a termination. Take a job that plays to your strengths and will make you successful.
In the end, we all know times are tough right now, and thinking you will find the perfect job and holding out for it is risky. But, this does not mean you need to accept any job offer that comes your way, especially if you are interviewing with multiple companies. Use common sense and thoroughly think it through, but keep in the back of your mind — job offers don’t always flood in.