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27 days ago by Gillian Dunphy

Why Recruitment is Like Dating

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Anyone who has been on the “dating scene” (especially online) will know the score.

There are a lot of frogs out there.

People don’t always turn out to be who they say they are. Some lie about their past, some lie about the type of person they are, and some even lie how they look. There’s also a lot of ghosting, you may get stood up once or twice. It’s hard!

Recruitment can be similar at times.

Words on paper don’t mean anything until you’ve actually met the person. Sure, they might make you want to swipe right and organize an interview, but you can’t beat a face-to-face conversation -even if it is on Zoom.

It’s also just as easy to stand up a hiring manager as it is a date, don’t be fooled!

Here is some advice on how not to be the frog when it comes to your job search:

Your CV is like your online dating profile.

The only difference is, don’t put a picture of yourself on your CV, it’s not necessary!

You just need to be honest.

Don’t write lies or exaggerate your skills/qualifications. It never pays off. Be clear about your experience, what you have achieved and how it relates to the job you want.

Your interview is like a first date.

Listen to the other person and answer honestly. Make sure you’ve done your research and stalked their LinkedIn profile, but be careful not to like anything too far in the past…

Don’t talk about yourself all the time, ask them questions too. If you are lucky, you will get a second date, I mean interview, and might even land the job!

But if you don’t want to go through with the interview then do NOT ghost and do NOT stand the hiring manager up. This is very unprofessional, and you can cause a bad reputation for yourself.

Dress to impress but don’t go over the top.

Being overdressed is better than being underdressed, in any circumstance, but if you’re worried about what to wear, find out if the company has a dress code and pick your outfit accordingly.

What you wear will impact the other persons first impression of you so make sure you turn up looking neat, tidy, and well-dressed that is appropriate for type of date interview you’re going on.

But ultimately, remember to be yourself.

Your probation is like the “honeymoon” period.

When you start your new role, it can be like the start of the relationship…

You are excited, enthusiastic, eager to please and you work really hard. Don’t fall into a rut and stop making an effort. Every relationship needs work. Every day. So, when you pass that 6 month probation period, don’t stop putting in the effort. Put in even more and show just how dedicated you are.

Be yourself.

No one likes a catfish.

It can be hard work pretending to be someone else. You were picked for a reason and that reason is because you are, you. It’s what sets you apart from the other potential options that they could have picked from but always remember, they chose you.

Make sure you communicate honestly, put the work in every day and it can be guaranteed it will be the start of a beautiful relationship!

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