I don't know a ton about dating. I've always been a boyfriend kind of person instead of a "meet-a-guy-at-a-bar-go-on-a-date-find-out-he's-nuts-and-onto-the-next-one" kind of person. But, from what I hear about dating, interviewing seems like it's pretty much the same deal.
I've been obsessively applying to teaching jobs every single day, multiple times a day. I've been researching job fairs. I've been gallivanting around New Jersey in my new suit from Express, and I've gotten three interviews from the whole process so far. Not too shabby, if I don't say so myself. From my experience, I've come to one major conclusion: Interviewing and dating are basically the same...exact...thing. Here's why.
Before The Interview:
Candidate (single person) obsesses over finding a job (a mate). Every day, we look online and talk to friends to see if they know of an opening (have a nice, single friend).
At The First Interview:
Day 1. Candidate (single person) meets the interview-er (prospective spouse). Candidate practices the perfect hand shake (flirtatiously twirls hair), highlights all of his/her best features, maintains great eye contact, and is the best person they can be. Interview (first date) ends feeling pretty good and candidate wonders where it's headed.
The Waiting Game
Interview (first date) is over. Candidate (single person) obsesses over each answer and wonders if there was something better that could have been sent. Candidate (single person) dissects the follow-up email (text message) for clues to see if interview-er (prospective spouse) actually thought it went well. And at the same time, candidate (single person) has to think if this company (prospective spouse) is the right match. If this continues, this could be a very big commitment.
The Call Back
The interview-er (prospective spouse) likes candidate (single person) and calls him/her back for another interview (second date) or to teach a demonstration lesson. This time, candidate (single person) is a little more comfortable. This time, candidate (single person) doesn't wear a suit. They're a little more fun and show off their personality a little more.
If the call back interview (second date) goes well, candidate (single person) is offered a job (becomes Facebook official) and it's all history from there.
And there you have it. Interviewing and dating are basically the same thing. Happy job hunting