"So, tell me a little bit about yourself."
"Describe a time when you_____."
"OK, I'll call you."

Think quick - was that a job interview or a date? Not sure? No kidding! That's because interviewing for jobs is as lot like dating, and can be just as awkward. Both scenarios are characterized by two people looking for the "right fit." Both will require a commitment. And all parties want to make sure they're getting the best possible deal.

The average job tenure is 18 months and the average cost of a new hire is about $20,000. It's no wonder that both the job seeker and the hiring manager are going to want to size each other up.

As a former recruiter now seeking a position, I am truly humbled. I sometimes feel like a single bachelorette as I prepare for an interview. I put on a smart outfit, straighten my hair, and mentally run through the plethora of questions that might arise. At the interview I get nervous and talk a little faster than normal. I smile a LOT. Afterward, I go home exhausted and sleep like a baby.

Then I pray for my phone to ring.

My poor husband had to deal with me when WE were dating and now he has to diffuse my nerves with the job search stuff. Sweet guy...

So what can I take away from this experience? Honestly, I think it will make me a better recruiter. I'll be as down-to-earth and straightforward as possible. I'll follow through and keep my promises. And I'll take the time to empathize with the candidates. And finally, I will always call them back.

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Comment by Ejiro Enemigin on December 23, 2009 at 4:25am
Sometimes, it takes sitting at the other end of the table to make us realize how relaxed and 'hard' we have become. As recruiters, we are concerned with covering all the bases and ensuring that we have drilled our candidates so well no interview panel no matter how hot can faze him/her. Unfortunately, this might sometimes mean being too hard or appearing uncaring... it goes with the job, let's just learn when, where and how to draw the line between being professional and being unnecessarily hard. All the best in your job search!
Comment by Ambrish Kochikar on December 23, 2009 at 1:32pm
thanks. enjoyed reading your post. using that analogy, i guess attending a career fair would be the equivalent of speed dating.
Comment by Victoria Schanen on January 1, 2010 at 2:04pm
Great comments - thanks for sharing!

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