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Job Interview Tips 2008-02-14 07:46:12

Treat Your Interview Like a Date

Are you a dating pro, but could use a little improvement in the interview area? I think we can always be working to improve our interview skills, and InterviewStream has come up with a way to help us approach these nervous meetings by applying our polished dating skills. Leverage what you've got, right? This doesn't necessarily mean you should wear the shirt that accentuates your best, ahem, assets — on the job front appearance does count but it's mostly about approach and attitude. You're not trying to take your interviewer home with you, after all! To see the cute and clever Top Ten Tips for Romancing Your Dream Job just

  1. Know your type: Self-awareness is critical to an effective job search because it enables you to determine what you want from your next opportunity. When you know what you're looking for, you can target careers or organizations that fit your wants and needs.
  2. Play the field: Reaching out to family, friends, alumni from your college or university, or others will allow you to gather information about a company of interest. Then you can reference them during the interview, in addition to sending a signal to the company that you're 'into them'.
  3. Always get their number: When you hit it off with someone you'd like to ask out, you ask for his or her number. When you hit it off with someone you're networking with, requesting a business card is just like asking for his or her number.
  4. Leverage the Law of Attraction: When it comes to the job search, attraction can be just as important as it is in the dating world. From a professional-looking résumé to wearing a sharp suit and looking your best during an interview, if you look the part, you'll often get the part.
  5. Break the ice: Come ready to concisely highlight your background and clearly articulate how your choices led you to the interviewer's doorstep. Avoid using canned or overly-rehearsed answers—the dating equivalent of using lame pick-up lines.
  6. Give the right signals to heat things up: If you're saying one thing but your body language is saying something different, employers notice. Non-verbal communication is critical.
  7. I mean, like, be smooth with your, umm… pick up lines, you know: Using filler words or sounding like you're overly nervous will make you seem distracted and unprepared. However, when your confident about scoring a job, it will help you loosen up.
  8. Don't bash your 'Ex'…employer: Recruiters don't want to hear about how bad your ex-boss or company was and why they are the reason you're back out playing the field. Stay positive.
  9. Be honest: When you explain your skill level or the gap in your employment or dating history keep in mind that employers and significant others might notice. Whatever your story is you should be prepared to explain it and move on.
  10. Don't be a run-away bride or groom: Don't commit too early. Give the job offer some thought. Then, make sure you know what it is you are committing to in order to avoid backing out or leaving three months into the job. Word travels fast and employers (potential spouses included) will ask tough questions about your willingness to commit in the future.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat twist on things. ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Neat twist on things. ;)
jill37 jill37 8 years
My weakness is that I talk too much when I get nervous, bad on a date and on an interview.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I totally agree with #8! Talking poorly about a former employer just makes the interviewee come across as very difficult to work with. The other day I was doing a phone interview where the applicant went on for 15 minutes about how her old boss was rude, and how a manager SHOULD handle things. I certainly am not looking for an employee that is going to tell me how to do my job, AND because she spent so much time ranting she didn't tell me anything about herself that would make her a good employee. I would say #11 should be - don't discuss polarizing topics like politics, religion, etc. If you wouldn't bring it up on a first date, don't bring it up in the work place at all!
juju4 juju4 8 years
I totally agree with #8! Talking poorly about a former employer just makes the interviewee come across as very difficult to work with. The other day I was doing a phone interview where the applicant went on for 15 minutes about how her old boss was rude, and how a manager SHOULD handle things. I certainly am not looking for an employee that is going to tell me how to do my job, AND because she spent so much time ranting she didn't tell me anything about herself that would make her a good employee.I would say #11 should be - don't discuss polarizing topics like politics, religion, etc. If you wouldn't bring it up on a first date, don't bring it up in the work place at all!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great advice. Thanks, Savvy.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great advice. Thanks, Savvy.
annebreal annebreal 8 years
Good tips. My biggest problem is blanking out on questions...when I get nervous, I tend to just go blank. Usually from the get-go on the "so tell me about yourself" part.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Good analogy.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Good analogy.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
I hate job interviews. It's always the what would you do in this situation? or Give an example of something you have done in the past that shows such and such skill we are looking for. And then i just get a memory block and the interviewers just stare waiting. Makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
I hate job interviews.It's always the what would you do in this situation? or Give an example of something you have done in the past that shows such and such skill we are looking for.And then i just get a memory block and the interviewers just stare waiting. Makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
THis is fanastic! I have my first job interview today, and I'm pretty nervous. =) Thank you for the article!!!
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