No one likes waiting for anything these days. We have instant communication with our loved ones, work, and all those around us. With the technology we have at our fingertips, it is difficult to imagine not making a decision quickly. When interviewing for a job, it is imperative that you have your goals set out and understand what you are looking for. This is important for both the interviewer and the interviewee. Being decisive shows that you have the knowledge, information, and desire to make a move.
Here are some helpful tips for both the job searcher and the decision maker…
- Set out your plan before the interview
- Know what your motivation is for making a change
- Prioritize your key motivators
- Understand the qualities in the company or person you are looking for
- Have questions prepared to ask during the interview, preferably ones that will guide you through your decision-making process
- If you walk out of the interview and are unsure, follow up and ask the questions needed to get you to a “Yes” or “No” answer.
This is most important after the interview stage. As an employer looking to hire, making a quick decision will show that the company is adaptable, ready to move forward, and excited about the decision. When considering a job offer, responding with either a “yes” or “no” quickly will show that you are capable of gathering all the data required to make the decision, you are interested and excited, and that you are ready for the challenge.
In many cases, procrastinating will leave you without the job or the ideal person to fill the job. I have been caught by this once in the past five years. I waited until after I returned from a conference to make a job offer, to one of the best job searchers I have ever interviewed. My waiting those extra two days resulted in that individual accepting a different job… Lesson learned! Be prepared to make the tough decision and gather the information you require.