Today is the last part of my series on identifying the right job opportunity… and maybe the most important one. When it comes down to determining whether a job opportunity is the right one for you, the chemistry that you have with your future boss might be the most decisive factor.
Beyond any doubt, chemistry is the most intangible aspect of a selection process. It is all about the feeling: ‘do I like this person? Will I enjoy working with him or her? Will he or she make me successful?’.
Unfortunately, it’s not something you can fake – you either have it or you don’t. The relationships that thrive most easily are the ones where there is a natural spark, a connection that is reciprocated, and it is just as important for work relationships as it is for personal ones.
Determining whether there is a connection between you and your future boss isn’t easy because, just like you, your future boss will be at his best behavior. It pays off to notice different clues that raise the corner of the veil for true chemistry.
It starts at the very beginning. Just like a blind date, the first few minutes of an interview can tell a lot. It can come down to the simple things: the smell of perfume that reminds you of a bad experience, a squeaky voice that makes you shiver, dirty fingernails …
Rational or not, these little things play an important role is establishing the first impression that you have on someone.
Don’t forget that your future boss will also be looking for clues so walk in with a firm handshake and a warm smile.
I always advise to be as natural as possible during the interview. Be warned: being natural is not the same as being casual or laid back. It is important that they see the real person behind the somewhat nervous interviewee.
By the way, it’s ok to mention at the start that you are feeling a little nervous. You’ll see right away what type of person you are dealing with.
Make the interview a two-way conversation. Get to know your future boss. Through questions you can determine what he or she values, his likes and dislikes.
And last but not least, it comes down to having the courage to trust your intuition. If you feel a solid connection with your future boss, than most likely this job opportunity is the right one for you. If you don’t feel chemistry, although you are the best fit from a technical point of view, decline the offer. This does not reflect on your personality or on your ability to do the job. It is merely a matter of it not being the right match.
I look forward to hearing from you,
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