You already have a job and you were asked to interview for a position. You have no interest in the job but you can still attend the job interview without ruffling feathers at work. Before thinking it will be a waste of time, it may be a good idea to go on the job interview anyway. We explain the reasons why you should interview for jobs you do not want.
1. Protect Your Relationship With Connections
There are times when people you know, or recruiters you worked with in the past, will think of you for a job. They will go ahead and submit your resume or tell you about a job. But you know it is wrong for you.
It may sound strange but you should honor their work and thoughtfulness and go on the interview anyway. In the future, you will need to know helping you is not a true waste of time. Today, you are showing them that you appreciate what they did for you.
Ultimately, people in the business of finding others work need to know you are dependable. They need to know that you mean what you say when stating, “I am looking for a job”. Do not appear to be a flakey job seeker. Go on the interview and make them look good. It will pay dividends one day. You are protecting a professional relationship.
2. Get Some Practice in Before the Real Deal
If you look at social media and believe that “everyone must be getting jobs but you can’t”, you are only fooling yourself. Only 2% of online job applications lead to interviews. Your network will be more of a valuable resource for interviews.
Given job interviews are few and far between, you need to get some practice in before that perfect job comes along. And when it does you will be ready because you practiced your interview skills on jobs that mattered little to you. You got all the trial and error out of the way.
When the real job you want comes along...you will be ready. Practice makes perfect. And who knows? Maybe #3 will happen to you.
3. The Job Turns out to Be Something Great
People, in general, are more likely to have a great interview the less they care about the success of the interview. Now, imagine you go on the interview for practice and then something ironic happens.
You really like the company, the people, the job, and salary. Who knew?! And thankfully you were your very best in the job interview. You had nothing to lose and you were very confident because you could care less if they hired you or not. Now, you have job offers and you get to see what it means to have leverage during a salary negotiation.
The experience also teaches you a great way to trick your mind into being confident for important job interviews: The less you are concerned with failing the job interview, the more you stand a chance of doing well and landing the job.
4. Use Your Apathy to Leverage a Better Offer
Go in and give the interview your very best. Be the #1 choice on the company’s mind. You may not have an interest in the job, so this is the perfect chance to try and get an amazing offer.
After all, does it really matter if they say yes or no? What if they match your offer, as crazy as it seems? The salary offer you negotiated will give you the confidence to negotiate your true value in the future.
And if the salary you negotiated is very attractive, taking the job may just be worth the money. Think about it...If you really (and I mean...REALLY) desired the job you interviewed for, would you have been as brave you were during salary negotiations? Not many people have the ability to negotiate a salary offer when facing the possibility of losing out on a job.
5. Get Some Insider Info for Your Job Search and Career
There are companies that unfortunately call people in for job interviews with the sole purpose of getting information and other things recruiters never tell you before an interview. They may be expanding and have no idea where to start, so they call you in for an interview. Then, they ask you tons of questions about what you know and how you work.
Companies use people for interviews. So, you should do the same as a job candidate. When the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” go to town and start asking anything you want to know that will help your job search.
Try and find out how companies are doing things and what skills they are looking for. Find out the systems they use. Find out what they think are current trends in business for hiring someone like yourself. Turn the tables. They were picking your brain. Now, pick theirs.
At the end of the day, going on interviews for jobs you do not want simply provides the opportunity for you to gain knowledge, practice, and network. And you have nothing to lose by interviewing for jobs you do not want. You only stand to gain from the experience.