It makes sense when you think about it…
Getting ready for a job interview recently, I stood in my underwear with my hands on my hips, looking at my wardrobe.
I’d put stockings and lipstick on; all I needed was a dress that made me look professional, credible, talented, kind, and highly qualified.
Running out the door in an outfit that did nothing of the sort, something occurred to me: ‘Why am I behaving like this? Where am I going, a first date?’ And then a second thing: ‘Well, I guess it could potentially be just as awkward.’
Trying to impress a prospective employer is, weirdly, a lot like meeting some guy or girl for a drink. Technically speaking, there should be a far lower chance of making out, but it’s still all about first impressions and composure.
I couldn’t help myself – here are 11 ways your next job interview is exactly like a blind date.
1. You Google-stalk the person you’re about to meet before you leave the house.
Well yeah, obviously. You may not be an actual real human person if you don’t. Besides, this is a much better use of your Facebook super-sleuth skills than that time (Saturday) you went real deep down a social media rabbit hole and ended up on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s cousin’s hot friend’s holiday photos from 2007.
2. You have a long, tense conversation with yourself about whether you need to wear high heels.
Ah, you’ve entered the dress code appropriateness matrix. Simply weigh up in your mind how much you believe your choice of shoe will affect your future against how judgmentally corporate (or short) you think the other person may be. When in doubt, ask your mother – and never wear thongs. Otherwise, just walk with confidence in whatever shoe-envelopes you chose and focus on more important things.
3. You turn up with every intention to put forward the best version of yourself.
Good. Terrific. This is a really great start. But you’re about to go into unfamiliar territory and meet a near stranger, so it’s possible that you will forget your own name. Pick three strong, brief points you want to make about yourself and concentrate on getting those ones NAILED. Everything else is a bonus.
4. You become uncomfortably hyper-aware of what your lipstick shade says about you.
Oh, don’t waste time and possible happiness on thoughts like that. Move on, you look lovely.
5. You have a drink or five to calm your nerves.
KIDDING. This one only applies to the first date. OR DOES IT? No, really, it does. Don’t drink and interview. Unless you’re in New York, and you have one of those late-night, over-cocktails interviews I’ve heard about, but even then I’m 96% sure it’s a trap.