How to Survive the unemployment Blind Dates by Elizabeth Cole-Walker
After four months of unemployment I have finally realized that interviews are nothing more than blind dates. Don’t get me wrong, I met the love of my life on a blind date, but most suck. Whether you get an interview through the internet or have a broker arrange it, the interview is nothing more than a blind date without the benefit of sipping on a whiskey sour to get through it!
The worst one so far was the interview where I was informed that even though they had filled the position they wanted to go ahead with my interview. Can you say “commitment issues”? Another involved a panel of people that conveyed to me that the interview was a waste of time since they did not think the position was needed at their organization. Guess they wanted me to meet the hostile stakeholders in advance. In dating circles this is known as a personality disorder and is generally a red flag to run.
Not all my interview experiences have been bad. After one, the CISSO called me directly to say that although they were not pursuing me for the position, I was a strong candidate. They just could not get over my lack of experience in that particular industry. “It’s not you, it’s me?”
One thing that keeps me going is my monthly meet up at the ISSA Career Services on the first Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM. It is a safe place to share my experiences with others who understand, learn new strategies, and reaffirm that I can endure the next month of blind dates because I will find “the one” and hopefully, they’re not still living in their parent’s basement.
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