How to Ensure Your Job Interview Isn’t Like a Bad First Date

bad job interviewYou’ve maybe heard the comparison that a job interview is like a first date. You should dress to impress; be on your best behavior; listen as much as you talk, etc.

But let’s talk about the flip side and discuss employer turn-offs… the things that will make any recruiter (or first date) wish that first meeting would just be done.

If any of the below applies to you, employers might be afraid to get serious with you… they won’t offer you the job.

You’re ‘Not Their Type’

Sometimes in dating people have a certain “type,” and no matter how beautiful or amazing you are, they just don’t see it working out.

When applying for jobs, a lot of people are scared to respond to a job posting because it’s out of their industry or their skill set doesn’t quite match. The job is out of their league

Apply for it anyway! Once you make it to the interview, play up your skills that will make you a good fit, but also emphasize how your different background will add a different perspective other candidates can’t offer.

You’re Too Self-Absorbed 

Have you ever been on a date when the person just talks about themselves like they’re the only person on earth that matters?

No one wants to date someone who only cares about themselves.

Employers want to see how you’re a team player and how you can contribute to the company. Make sure your answers to interview questions also include instances when you’ve showed that you work well with others and how your individual skills will contribute to a common goal. Another way to show this is asking questions about how the job’s responsibilities and efforts fit into the big picture.

You’re Unsure of Yourself

While you don’t want to be overconfident, being timid or acting unsure of yourself is the ultimate deal-breaker on a date… and in a job interview.

If you’re unable to talk about your skills in a confident manner, the interviewer will quickly move on to the next candidate. The way to build confidence before an interview is to prepare. Ask friends and family to practice mock interviews before the actual interview. The final piece of advice, which is true for dating and interviewing, is just be yourself. You’re trying to find the perfect match just as much as the interviewer.

After the job interview, it’s important to follow up with a thank you note or call. You want to make sure the employer thinks you’re interested and want to move on with next steps.

Just like a first date.


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at SimplyHired.

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