First Date or Interview?

First Date or Interview?

Imagine receiving a call from a company that is interested in interviewing you for your dream job. The initial excitement is overwhelming – you can’t wait to tell your friends, parents, and anyone who will listen. You prepare for the interview by going over possible questions, laying out your clothes, and going to bed dreaming of that offer. Sounds exactly like a first date to me. Here are a couple things to consider before going on your next big interview (or date) regardless of how cliché they sound.

You only get one first impression
Imagine going on a date and the individual shows up in flip flops, sweat pants, and a hooded sweat shirt. I’m sure as you are introducing yourself there is instant regret as you fumble for an excuse to get out of the next couple hours of chit chat. How candidates present themselves in a job interview tells the hiring authority several things: 1. Does this person take themselves seriously? Do they view themselves as a professional? 2. Are they confident in their ability to impact and add to the company? 3. Does this person value my time as well as their own? It’s always cliché, but dress for the position you want, not the position you are applying for. It shows ambition, drive, and the desire to develop.

Connection is key
Successful interviews feel incredibly similar to a great date. Connecting with the person on the other side of the table is what it’s all about. Imagine interviewing 10 candidates with the same education background and formal work experience. You’re probably going to hire the one you connected with the most and who will fit with the environment of the company the best. Connecting with an interview comes down to three things: 1. Being personable and friendly 2. Allowing your personality to show in an interview 3. Being a great listener

Long-term fits
A long-term fit with a company is a major concern for hiring managers. Companies don’t want to invest resources hiring and training individuals to see them leave within a year. Tenure with a company is based on a few things:

  1. Sharing common goals and visions
  2. Creating a sense of stability (candidate & company)
  3. Job and employee satisfaction

The most important part of interviewing for your dream job is to be educated. Research the company culture, structure, and history. Educate yourself on the current job market as your value as a candidate may increase or decrease based on the unemployment rate and region in which you are interviewing. Understand that in a candidate-driven market, companies should be taking steps to ensure they are recruiting top talent and influencing you to join their organization over a competitor. Just remember, you might be the best peach on the tree, but not everybody likes peaches. Go find the companies that need quality peaches.

interviewing, First Date or Interview?Jacob Miller
Jacob has been with the Celebrity Staff team as a recruiter since November 2015. He specializes in sourcing, interviewing, and building relationships with high-level candidates. Prior to working at Celebrity Staff, Jacob was a personal trainer and an athletic recruiter for the men’s Doane soccer team. He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in management from Doane College where he played soccer for four years. When Jacob isn’t recruiting, he enjoys personal training, cooking, and watching sports.


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