First Impression Counts!

After leaving my current job, I was in search of a new opportunity. And to everybody’s utter surprise, I left my job without having an offer in hand.  I started appearing in   interviews in a relaxed manner while, simultaneously continuing with the projects that I had with me.

One day morning, I received a call from one of the consultancies in Bangalore. After asking so many questions and verbal verification of my credentials, they  sent my profile to their client. The same day, I got a mail saying that my profile had been short-listed and I had to go for an F2F interview on the same date. The urgency of the tone somewhat surprised me…I was told that ‘ma’am, why don’t you accept what you have received since you don’t have an offer with you…The suggestion given by the consultancy employee made me pause and think…did I make a blunder by quitting my job without an offer?   Yes, I know how difficult it is to be jobless in a city like Bangalore, but this does not mean that this attitude is applicable to all job seekers. If you can afford to be jobless for a month or quit your job without an offer, it is your decision and must be a well thought one. So, who are you to enforce on me what the majority believes… that you quit without an offer means you are a  gone case!

However, I said yes for the F2F on the same day considering that I can afford to go. I reached on  time and waited for the concerned person. Finally, my F2F interview started and I responded to his each question confidently with enthusiasm. Having worked on that particular domain for almost two years, I was quite confident. From an interviewee’s standpoint, I could feel…and judge that my performance was good. After two days, I received a call from the same consultancy saying that I had cleared the interview and I had been called for the final round to discuss about my remuneration.

In the meantime, I decided not to join the organization even if I  would get an offer from it. My reason was simple. Firstly, I did not like the very process of conducting my interview and secondly  the not-so-relevant questions that my interviewer asked me. It gave me a clear idea of what kind of work culture the organization would have. The questions like what kind of boss you would like to have? Do you like a Boss? Would you like to be under a strict boos or would you like to work individually? How was your previous boss? I don’t know why…but the questions sounded so immature and unprofessional to me that I became  skeptical about the work ethics they might be following. That first impression got set in my mind and I took a decision of not getting associated with the organization any more.

The same day, the day when I got the call from the organization where I had decided not to join, I came across an article in LinkedIn by one of the influencers that I follow; and interestingly  the article resembled my thoughts..that a that good work culture matters a lot  than the numbers for many people. It said “Whether we’re talking about your personal salary or your project’s budget, making decisions solely based on money is almost never a good idea. Sure, it’s important to run the numbers, but there are dozens of other factors — including your gut feeling — you’ll want to take into account”. It is an article titled “Career Choices you will regret in 20 years” written by Bernard Marr. It boosted my morale:)

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