13 Aug I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE – Interviews vs. Dating
While you may be thinking that sounds seriously odd, preparing and going on a date has many similarities with preparing and going for an interview.
Besides the nerves and excitement, there are many other areas that marry up (excuse the pun).
Let’s break it down …
WHAT TO WEAR?
Yip, making sure you are dressed appropriately is important for both scenarios. Where are you going? When relating to a date, is translated to Who are you seeing? and Who is the company? All these answers will get you to the correct attire.
BE ON TIME
It is never wise, no matter whether its a date or an interview, to be late. In fact, be early, at least by 10 minutes. Not only does this take the stress out of getting there on time, but you also have a chance to suss out the surroundings, the people, and to assume your position of power. And, by that we mean, get into a space where you feel comfortable and confident.
WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
Well, hopefully you won’t. Lying never got anyone anywhere – okay – so that isn’t so true, – but in the end, it can come back to bite you. So, opt for truth vs. lies – honesty really is the best policy on both accounts.
WHO ARE YOU?
And, what we mean her is, who are you seeing? Do a little research. Sure, with dating, this means a bit of stalking, but isn’t that what the wonderful world of social media is for? Duh! No, seriously, research the company and person who is interviewing you. LinkedIn is great to find out all the ins and outs.
Whilst in the throws of your date … um sorry, interview, be nice. Ask questions. Smile. Be engaging and of course, be friendly.
HURRY UP AND WAIT
With that period after the interview, you want to wait a little before haggling the interviewer as to what their decision has been. Likewise, with a date, you don’t want to be running after them too much. Okay, there is merit in making contact the next day, but sometimes, the 3 day wait is beneficial. Again, in both situations.
KNOW WHEN TO SAY YES
Often times, you may not be completely sold on the idea of someone or in the case of an interview, on the company. You may not feel that their company culture fits you and you are not sure of the future prospects within the role. Weighing up all the pros and cons is important and sometimes, you have to give a little. (sounding familiar? (clears throat) You know, relationship stuff 101) It may never be the perfect match, but if you’re not getting the nod, you may want to consider going for it. You can always negotiate.
Feeling ready for that date … interview?