If I was going to liken the interview process to something, I would describe it to be much like a first date. Sometimes, the interviewee is the more adamant party – they’ve done their research on Facebook and the web, and they want badly to be with this company. Other times, the company interviewing is the pursuant. Perhaps they’ve heard through colleagues and friends that this person would be a good fit.
These experiences can be incredible – a connection can be there, and the conversation that occurs can be sharp and clever and interesting. After it’s over, each person leaves and there is excitement about the future. On the other hand, there could be zero connection. Zero chemistry. (Mayday! Mayday! Abort ship!) The candidate might have looked incredible on paper, but it becomes obvious from the start that this is not what either side had in mind. (more…)