Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Dating Game

I'll admit it, I have just about zero experienced dating. My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly four years. We are celebrating our anniversary next week and it's not the anniversary of our first date or when we officially became a couple, it's the anniversary of the first time we drunkenly made-out at a party. Oh, college.

However, if I have learned anything from my favorite chick flicks and friends who are out there in the dating world, it's that the interview process is strangely similar to dating.

I've been lucky that I haven't experience the heart-wrentching break-up. Sure, there was that time when I was about 13, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't count. When I was laid off, I was terribly upset. I said to a friend "this is what it's like to have an awful break-up, isn't?" It's definitely similar. You are upset, you wallow around your apartment and eventually you get back in the game.

It's easy in the beginning because you are just writing cover letters and sending out your resume. But when the interview process starts, it's really game time.

You dress to impress. You get nervous before (what should I say?), during (omg, did what I just said make any sense at all?), and after (I hope I didn't say anything stupid).

After the interview, you spend a great deal of time writing and rewriting a follow-up and then reading and rereading before you finally press "send."

If you're lucky you get a second date, I mean interview, and you might be a little more comfortable and have a little more confidence because they must like you a little bit if they called you back, right? Then other follow-up, maybe a bit more creative this time to show them how much you want the job.

And then you wait and wait and wait for the call. Carrying your phone around with you every where you go.


Lacey Bean said...

This is random, but I emailed you a few weeks ago w/ a job opening where I work. Dont know if you're interested, if you're not, that's totally fine, but I just wanted to make sure you got it!!

Anonymous said...

Haha! Nice, I never made the connection like that. Great post!

Lawyer Working Girl said...

The waiting, whether its for a guy to call you after your date or waiting for the potential employer to call you after the interview, is TOUGH. Hang in there, WG1!

Ms. Attitude said...

You are too right! I feel the same way about interviews. I just had my 3rd one with the same company yesterday and I can't wait to hear back. Good luck to you!