Our question this week revisits the call process, but with a twist some of us may have never experienced:
When you have multiple interviews for a new job, when do you draw the line and get exclusive? A friend has multiple plane-ticket interviews. If she loves the first one, what does she do with the one a few weeks later, when a ticket has already been purchased? Is there any more specific advice than "Be Honest"?
Jennifer, who blogs at An Orientation of Heart was our sole responder this week:
What a joy to have a number of congregations to be in conversation with!
If one has multiple interviews that involve monetary expenditures from calling congregations, I think it’s critically important to be candid at the outset and explain that one is in conversation with a number of settings and that time and visits will only help with the discernment process.
You’ve asked, “If she loves the first one, what does she do with the one a few weeks later, when a ticket has already been purchased?”
If your friend has been open from the start, the committee will know and not have to guess that your friend is interviewing with others. It may affect their process and provide her with clarity even before she has to make the next trip.
It’s also fair to say that just because your friend loves the first one, they may not feel similarly or may have some more discernment work to do, and so it will behoove your friend to keep all options open.
My experience is that the call process is definitely a two-way street and that being as transparent as one can be with pastor nominating committees models the authenticity and good communication one would hope they would share with candidates. I’ve found that it’s helpful to ask the questions to which you need answers and offer honest responses to the questions committees ask. Playing games usually is an indication of less than healthy interactions in the future.
Hope this helps!
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