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  • Kym Bartlett

What if... interviews were like first dates?

I know so many people going through the interview process right now. It's a strange experience at the best of times but under lockdown, via #Zoom or #Teams and without the personal touch of a handshake introduction and the sugar or not smalltalk, it's even harder.

It got me thinking about the structure and purpose of interviews more generally. Why are they still so horrendously archaic? As far as I'm aware (and I'd love to hear that I'm wrong) - it's still a 90% plus one-way street of the interviewers firing questions at the interviewee who, if they're lucky, might be able to squeeze in a couple of questions at the end (usually rushed).

This seems incredibly imbalanced to me. Surely companies want potential employees to know as much as they can about the company so they can make an informed decision about whether it is right for them?

Essentially an interview is very much like a #firstdate. Now just reflect on that for a moment...

How would you feel if your date spent 90% of the time asking you questions but not giving you much of an opportunity to find out about them? What would you tell your friends about this person after the fact? Would you be able to judge if this date is a good fit for you?

Of course with it being #InternationalWomensDay, there is a lot of talk about #equality for women and I absolutely support that, however I'd like to suggest that when it comes to #interviews we aren't even at the point of discussing #gender.

So let's start with truly making #interviews an exchange ('inter') of views, shall we? Who's with me?

#jobsearch #careeradvice #careercoaching #interviewskills #interviewsuccess


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