Sometimes people find the right job or best fit very early in their search and miss out because they feel the need to see more of what’s out there, or someone once told them to never accept the first offer. This, however, can be a mistake and a risk, especially in a competitive hiring climate.
As you decide to start your job search, keep these things in mind so you’re ready to make a decision once the right job comes along.
Know yourself, and know what you want
Everyone who is looking or keeping their options open for a new job has a reason for leaving. Or at least, something is missing in their current position that is prompting them to look around. This typically includes growth, role/responsibilities, technologies, location, money, challenge, culture etc. Instead of going to a lot of different interviews in order to determine the perfect fit, it is a good idea to have a really clear picture in mind.
If you find a position that remedies your reason for looking, then you should consider that opportunity. For example, if your reason for leaving is lack of growth opportunities and you interview for a position that offers a lot of growth, that’s an offer you should be ready to consider and accept, even if it is one of the first positions you’ve interviewed for. It’s important that you recognize why you’re leaving your current position and find a position that fulfills what’s missing. If and when you find this, don’t hesitate or you may miss out and have a hard time finding another opportunity like it.
Putting yourself in the hiring company's shoes
If you focus on what your ideal next job and company will have and why you are looking, you will be in a position to make a decision whether it is your 1st or 10th interview. If a company is ready to hire you, it may show a lack of interest on your part if you say “let me go on some other interviews first and I’ll get back to you”. Regardless of how interested you truly are, actions often speak louder than words. Even if a company wants to make you an offer, they might decide not to extend one due to your indecisiveness. There are often back-up candidates in the mix and the fear of losing them and having you ultimately turn down their offer creates too big of a risk for them to take. In a competitive job market, an open position is a large burden on companies, both financially, to their growth plans, and to the other employees having to shoulder the extra work. Leaving a position open or having to restart a candidate search is often not an option. A company that takes the steps to get you through the process and make you an offer quickly is 1) run the right way which may be indicative of how other things work within the organization and 2) shows their interest in you (and I would want to work somewhere that wants me).