By Kibet Tobias
If you are planning to make your next career move, should you keep your job search confidential? When is the best time to tell your coworkers you’re looking for a new job?
If a potential employer invites you for an interview, should you tell anyone? Do you let your coworkers or supervisor know you’ve been shortlisted for a job? Or, do you wait until you are given an offer to break the news?
The answer depends on you, but if you don’t want to put your current job in jeopardy while still looking for another one, there are things you should never reveal until you have the job.
Here are a few things not to reveal until you get a new job
1. That your current job is a stepping stone to advance your career
There is nothing wrong with changing jobs. Everyone wants to advance in their career, and so every role we take is a stepping stone.
However, true as that might be, not all the people at the workplace; want to hear that your current job is just a stepping stone.
Even if your professional goals are not being met in your current job, you need not ruin your current one.
Similarly, when you attend a job interview you don’t have to explain to the prospective employer that you are interested in the position because you just want to move out of your current company.
You need to demonstrate that you will do the job and the position at hand is a great career move for you.
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2. How much you earned at your last job (or your current job)
By the time you are applying for a job, you probably have a hint of your salary expectations.
But chances are, you will be asked about your last pay during a job interview. Even when you are prepared to answer such a question, it is advisable not to give personal financial details.
For example, let’s say you earned a higher salary than what the company is offering, this will raise eyebrows and may make them re-think about hiring you.
So instead of mentioning the figures, emphasize on your skills and expertise you have gained in your career.
Once they believe in your skills, they will be ready to negotiate the compensation at the second interview or job offer stage.
3. That you really need this job
It is natural to be desperate when looking for a job. The job may seem be perfect and the company even but desperation won’t give you the job.
Unfortunately, no employer will hire you because they feel sorry for you. In fact, they will not take you seriously if they think you want to take any job.
4. How much you prefer one employer over others
There are several reasons why you would prefer working for one company and not the other. But telling your prospective employer that you don’t love company A over B, is not a good idea.
Some candidates even make a mistake of mentioning the companies they’re interviewing with but this is a wrong.
To be on a safe side, just keep your job-search personal.
You need to keep your job-hunting activity to yourself because it is no one’s business. That said, these are just but a few of the things never to reveal until you’re hired. You don’t need to tell anybody how much time you’re investing in your job search, your last pay and even the number of interviews you’re getting now because it doesn’t affect your job search at all.