FOMO exists. Even in hiring.
The obsession with finding the ‘perfect fit’ goes beyond checking all the boxes. (Even when some of those boxes are unnecessary nonsense.)
We see a candidate’s value rise all the time just because they have another offer. Or a lot of activity. The very perception of being in high demand can (and does) force companies to move quicker in their interview process. And then drive up offers.
Meanwhile the 3 other people on the short list could do the job no problem. But they were put on the back burner for the shiny object.
And the reverse is true. We’ve seen countless cases of people who don’t have as much activity – or worse – had interviews but no offers, get passed over.
The “damaged goods” mentality. If other companies didn’t select them, are we missing something?
We can’t cure FOMO. Humans are gonna human. It’s part of our psychology. At best we can be aware of warning signs so think more critically when those occasions arise.
To that point: the obsession with perfection stems from unrealistic expectations. You don’t need a “rockstar” or a “unicorn.” You need a data analyst…
Full video of The 10 Minute Talent Rant, Episode 55 “There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Someone’s 2nd Option” here.