We see many candidates getting excited and stopping their job search once they get an interview. They think it is a done deal and they are successfully employed. However, having a call or even a face to face interview often means nothing.
First of all, you have to understand the life cycle of job search which lasts average of 5-8 weeks:
- Job application
- Recruiter call
- Submission to Hiring Manager
- Phone screening (may be multiple rounds)
- In-person interview (may be multiple rounds)
- Reference check
- Getting an offer over the phone
- Accepting the offer
- Getting written offer letter
- Background check (many things can go wrong here based on your credit report, background check, educational credentials that will impact your job)
- Clear to onboard
- First Day at work!!!
Throughout this process the company may back of any minute as well as the candidate.
- There may be last minute changes to the budget (this is quite common)
- Company may get into a hiring freeze in the middle of your interview or onboarding process
- They may simply cancel that job
- They may get a better / more suitable candidate that they initially wanted
- The Hiring Manager may lose their job
- They may change the job description that would make you not a good fit
So basically, until and unless you report to work you do not have a job.
It is very important to comprehend this, because halting your job search for weeks during this onboarding process may result in losing great opportunities.
We highly recommend continuing your job search as is after getting a job offer, and do not make decisions based on that very offer. We often see candidates rejecting perfectly fine job interviews because they think they will get another job they interviewed for, big mistake. Also, do not base your salary expectations based on the current offer. Let’s say that you are interviewing for a job that is paying $50K/year, while waiting for the onboarding it is not smart to pass on another role that is paying $47K thinking you will be making more.
Analyze every single role as a unique opportunity, do not make comparisons until and unless you have a second job offer. Do your best to get an offer first and then make a decision. You may be surprised to see that the job that is paying less is a better opportunity for you. Do not dismiss anything until you start your new job.
Remember that until you walk through the doors of your office for your first day, you are unemployed.