On most dating sites, people put their picture, their likes, what they are looking for in a mate and enough of a personal description to pique your interest. Likewise, your job posting should have enough information to pique their interest without scaring them away. Don’t use clichés! Make it unique but not weird, clever but clear. Make it realistic and describe the truly important parts of the job. And please get to the point.
You can get great info via email but you are only reading what was selected for you to read. It is not a good indicator of whether or not you will click in real life. When you talk to someone, they are not using grammar check, looking up good responses or getting help from their best friend (we hope!). You can get more of an organic response to further questions you may have. You have to talk to get to know your candidates!
Like having your first conversation with a potential date, you need to listen to what the candidate is saying and not saying. You wouldn't just see if they match your keywords selecting them as a potential mate. Spend at least 30 minutes on the phone with potential candidates and listen more than you talk.
Don’t get catfished. Before you send a candidate to a client or a decision maker meet them or at least do a video chat. Make sure the candidate is not doing the old “Bait and Switch.” If you feel creepy when talking to them or it doesn’t seem like the same person, hang up – don’t waste time! If you think you like them, keep listening! Pay attention to their speaking tone and style. Most importantly, don’t ignore the red flags! Still interested? It is time to meet.
Like a first date, interviewing is the first impression. Be on time. There is nothing fashionable about being late. Be polite but honest. Turn off your cell phone. Don’t expect perfection right off the bat. Remember, it is not about just emotional feelings. Sure you like them, but are they right for the job? Don’t react right away. Let the interview sink in a bit. Let the candidate know what your initial reaction is and let them know you will follow up. If you feel 100% that it is going to work, let them know but still plan on following up.
Determined what you liked or did not like about your first “date.” Assess your level of interest. Remember that people may not always be their natural selves during first dates, so you may want to give someone that you're not quite sure about a second chance. Don’t ignore the red flags! Signs of a good first interview/ date are:
- Good Eye Contact
- Ease of Conversation
- Knowledge of your Company and the Position they are Being Interviewed for
- Appropriate Clothing
- Honest Answers
- Coming Across as an Ego-maniac
- Complaining on Past “Relationships” or Past Jobs
- Extended Uncomfortable Silences
- Checking the time
- Closed Body Language
If you determine that the candidate is not going to be a fit there is no need to ask for a second date. It is important to let the candidate know that you are not interested so as to avoid unwanted stalking.