Interviewing takes time and sometimes you’d just not rather (especially if you have no interest in taking the entry level job). You may be tempted to be a no-show and rationalize it as saving the company time. However, all interviews are valuable, even if you can’t see yourself taking the job.
Top 3 Reasons to Say Yes to the Interview
A fresh graduate job hiring process is often automated. From the moment you submit your resume to the point where you’re supposed to show up for the interview, data is being stored in an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) about you. Millennials don’t realize how much information gets stored, but it’s extensive. By interviewing, even when you won’t take the job you increase your odds of getting hired because:
You Practice Your Interviewing Skills - You will learn what questions are most likely to be asked and how to properly respond to them so that you become a top performer - for when it really matters. You may get scored higher in desirable skills, documented in the ATS for future needs.
You Network With People In Your Industry - You may not be a good fit for the job you are interviewing for, but the hiring managers often know what’s coming ahead in the pipeline. Always give your best interview performance so that if they have another job in mind, you can still be considered later, for a different opportunity.
You Won’t Be Blacklisted - When you don’t show up for an interview, an entry is made in the system as a no-show. Next time an opportunity in that company opens, you won’t get a second chance to interview. You’ll be blacklisted. If the company is a national company, that’s a pretty stiff penalty to take just because you’re not interested in the present position.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.