Whenever you are preparing for a first date, especially blind date, there is always a lot of nervous energy. All kinds of thoughts go through your head, will they like me, I hope I don't make a fool of myself, what if they are boring, what if they are ugly or think I'm ugly. As the time for the date draws near, the more nervous you get. You begin going through your closet trying to find that right outfit, and it takes a while, because of course you want to dress to impress. You check yourself out in the mirror for the last time, now you are ready. You either leave the house early or are ready early because you don't want to be late and keep them waiting. Finally, you meet them, they are checking you out, you're checking them out. The date officially begins, you are on your best behavior, saying the right things, doing what you think they want you to do. You feel the date went well, you really liked them, but still don't know for sure how they feel about you.
The same can be true for an interview. As the time draws closer for the interview, the more nervous you get. All kinds of thoughts go through your head, what questions will they ask, hopefully I don't ramble on, how long will the interview be, I wonder how I compare with the other candidates, and so on. You spend time looking for the right outfit. You leave the house early, because you definitely don't want to be late to the interview. You arrive and the interview process starts, they are asking you question, "checking you out" (listening to your answers to the questions, your body language). You should also be checking them out. However, sometimes interviewees forget that like dating, they should also be "checking out" the interviewer and the company. You asked great questions at the end. The interview is over and you are pretty confident that the interview went well. However, you don't know how you compare with the other candidates. Now you sit in anticipation for a call back or an email inviting you back for another interview or informing you that you've got the job. A couple of days have gone by, you think to yourself should I follow up with them? Do I wait? How long should I wait to follow up? I will provide an answer to the follow up question in my next article.
For an employer hiring a person is similar to marrying someone. You don't always know what you're getting until you hire them and terminating a bad hire, can be as difficult as getting a divorce, especially in California. Therefore, the good employers take their time and conduct a thorough hiring process.