Here is the scenario … You are job searching and you receive an offer with a company that you are 74% sure you will be happy with. You have 3 other interviews lined up the rest of the week. You feel that all 3 of these opportunities are either equal to or seem better to you than the offer you currently have. What do you do? You can: 1) Accept the offer and cancel the interviews. 2) Hold onto the offer and go to the other interviews. 3) Decline the offer and go to the other interviews.
I highly recommend #2 and here is why:
1. Offers fall through for various reasons. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard candidates tell me that they accepted a position, stopped going to other interviews and then the position that they put everything on hold for has fallen through. Budget cuts, reorganization, failed background checks and multiple other complications can happen. Until you are at the company Day #1, I wouldn’t consider things a done-deal.
2. Practice. Becoming a great interviewee takes time and practice. Even if you have doubts about a role being a fit for you, it can’t hurt for you to go and interview to continue to get practice.
3. Networking. Unless you can see the future, you don’t know where your career might take you 3-4 years down the road. Interview and meet someone new.
4. Knowledge. When you go and interview somewhere you learn about a new company and new roles/opportunities; that may come in handy someday. That company might be a future competitor, vendor or client and that knowledge could be helpful down the road.
Make sure you are doing yourself a favor by not closing any doors at any point during your job search. It always make me cringe when a candidate cancels an interview because they received an offer; there is just too many variables that are out of the person’s control.