Have you ever been in a situation where you have analyzed a job offer and still can’t decide whether to accept? You postpone your decision by telling everyone (mostly yourself) that you need to do more analysis. This inability to decide is ultimately a negative decision. If you are choosing to accept an offer or reject one- but asking for more time to analyze, then in reality, you are rejecting the offer. Analysis paralysis will deter your career.
One faces analysis paralysis when:
– the options are overwhelming: Do I stay with my current firm? After all I know where the pitfalls are? Do I join a new firm that I must once again find the pitfalls? This offer is so good, what if another better one is out there?
– emotions complicate what should be a logical choice: What will my team think of me if I leave? Will my clients be angry? Will I let down my boss?
– fear of making the wrong decision, thereby delaying any decision until you continue to research competing information: If I look long enough, I will find some outside reason to either accept or reject the offer. Or, if I look long enough then I have a reason not to take a risk and maybe fail at the new job.
In the engineering consulting world, employers want to hire consultants, project managers, leaders who can make decisions and move forward. The primary reason candidates get stuck in “analysis paralysis” over a job offer decision is FEAR.
Can I really do the job that they “think” I am qualified to do? What if I “sold” myself too well and I fail? What if I didn’t ask the right questions and I uncover that the company isn’t as I thought? What if I don’t like my colleagues? What if my team doesn’t like me? What if I don’t like my team? What if the company sells? What if…? What if…? What if…?
No matter how much information you have, there will always be more. At some point, you need to realize that for every bit of information you find, there will be an opposing piece that challenges the other. At what point do you take charge of your decision-making skills and move forward? Those people who are unable to make a decision, certainly will be limited in progressing higher into senior leadership or senior technical roles. They will stay in their comfort zone and always wonder “What if….?”
Take control of this decision. Don’t let fear keep you from moving forward! Do your analysis, make your lists and move one way or the other. You got this!