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Why You Should Go to That Interview (Even if You Don’t Want To)

By | Adrian Granzella Larssen |

“Ugh, I got called in for an interview on Friday, but I don’t really want to go,” a friend moaned to me last week. In a moment of job search desperation, she had applied for a dozen or so jobs—some of which she was only mildly interested in—and had been called back by one of those companies. “I just don’t think it’s right for me.”

Sound familiar? Most of us have been there at some point. Maybe you were initially excited about the position, but after doing further research or finding other opportunities, you’re just not that into it anymore. Maybe a friend is pressuring you to “just go talk to the recruiter!” at the new company she’s joined. Or maybe you’d simply prefer to spend that precious half-day off work getting a massage instead of sitting in a windowless conference room.

I get it, and I’ve been there, too. But I’ll give you the same advice I gave my friend: Go anyway.

That’s right. Even if the mere thought of ironing your interview suit is making you feel ill, there are at least three good reasons why you should suck it up and go. (Besides the fact that, you know, you may run into the hiring manager down the road.)

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