Job interviews, do you speak them?

It was middle of year 2011 and I decided enough is enough. I needed a new job. And this is how my long almost five years long quest began. It started slowly, with updating my CV, looking around in my area, checking companies I probably want to work for and figuring out what I’d like to do next.

Job interviews are hard. You try to prepare, dress up, go to the companys office, you talk a lot, you meet people, shake hands, talk some more and you get rejected a lot.

Essentially, seeking for a job is like looking for a publisher for your new shiny book. Or looking for a company that will create your awesome device. It’s hard, very hard.

If you (as an employer) don’t know exactly who are you looking for, you get very general in your requirements (see more than 90% of job offers out there) and, at the same time, very conservative. At the interview you ask some questions and the most important thing about candidate will not be what she or he will answer, but how do you feel about her or him.

So job interviews are hard. For the candidate and for employer. Candidate wants to prove her or himself capable of doing the job and employer is figuring out… return of investment by… following the feeling.

Do you see a problem with this picture? Well, hell I do.

So here we are, almost five years of almost 200 interviews. Some via phone, some were just Skype chats, others were meetings with full room of people proving me being wrong on some topics or just proving me being plain stupid.

We all know this, right?

My aproach of searching for a job is faulty, as I discovered. Expectation of most employers is faulty as well.

What I aim at while changing jobs is to learn. Employer on the other hand want someone who will already do the job on day one.

So, most of the time, we couldn’t meet somewhere in the middle, as we were heading in opposite directions in the first place.

Recruiters don’t make the job any easier, they just add another layer of uncertainity which clouds situation even more.

Luckily, this grim image I described here is not always the case. Sometimes, and I mean sometimes, you meet the right people, say all the right things or have a great time on the interview. Then, you just want to work with them. From time to time, it happens they feel the same.

There’s no magic advice I can give you nor there’s 100% chance of getting the job you want by contacting some head hunter. Best chance to land a job is aiming at requirements slightly lower than your competences and try. Then try some more. And remember that even if you do everything right, you may not get the position just because.

If you are now trying to change jobs, I wish you a lot of patience and ¬†even more luck. Don’t you give up!

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