|Why a Job Interview and a First Date are Similar?|
The interview is the most important process in getting a job. Considering the norm of getting two or three interview opportunities for every 100 resumes sent, the importance of standing out and making a lasting impression are critical to securing an offer.
While dressing for success, researching the company in advanced, and the initial handshake are important, the most crucial aspect of an interview is the content of the conversation itself.
The typical message is to "self yourself" in an interview or "sell your resume." However, that can’t be further from the truth. Executives who interview you don’t care about your life story. They care about how you’ll be an asset to the company.
It’s best to simplify this mindset to that of a first date. The mantra of a first date, especially from a man’s point of view, is to always put the woman’s interests before your own. For men, it’s imperative to make the woman feel as important as possible during the date.
The same can be said for a candidate going into an interview. Don’t brag or talk about yourself outright. Show evidence that you are genuinely aligned with the company's values, products, services, causes, or whatever they’re about.
When an executive asks about your experience, don’t guess what he/she may mean by that. Ask what experience they are interested in knowing more about.
Impressing the interviewer about how interested you are in their company is exactly what they want. Remember, if it’s in the final stages of an interview, likeability is extremely important, as they already know you can do the job. If you demonstrate a strong conviction for their company, combined with the fact you can accomplish their goals, you’ll be sure to get the job!