Nerd Journey 017: Reasons Not to Pursue a Career Opportunity Part 2/2 During Interviews and After the Offer

Welcome to episode 17 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solution Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode, we have Part 2 of a two-part discussion on when to stop pursuing a career opportunity.

Original recording date: 2018-11-10

Topic – Reasons not to Pursue a Career Opportunity (During the Interview Process and Post-Interview), Part 2 of 2

2:06 While in the Interview Process

  • We’re focusing on the Manager Tools Framework
    • Compensation
    • Values
    • Industry Stability
    • Reputation
    • Opportunities
    • Locations
    • Financials
    • Customer Base
    • Culture
  • Culture

23:52 – After the Offer

  • Focus on compensation, value match
  • Good time to look at the financials of the organization
  • Review of Washington Post article How to Decide Between Two Equally Great Job Offers
    • Evaluate your candidate experience
      • Timeliness
      • Respect and courtesy
        • Treatment during the interview process may reflect treatment after you accept an offer.
      • Communication quality
      • Was the process well organized?
      • Did professional goals come up?
    • Introspection – What’s important to me?
    • Avoid getting too emotional, and use logic to make the decision.
    • Get outside advice
    • Go back and listen to the Manager Tools podcast series!

34:05 – Turning Down an Offer

  • It’s important to stay on good terms with the company / hiring manager / recruiter.
  • Nick says be honest about your reasons for saying no to provide feedback on the process.  John cautions about being too honest.
  • Manager Tools: Declining an offer
    • Do it directly in person or via phone.
    • Say “I’m declining your offer.”
    • Stay in touch, and leave the door open for future opportunities.
  • The way you handle turning down an offer will affect your reputation, which can follow you to other organizations.

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