9 Ways Job Interviews are Like Online Dating

A List of Things That are Unlucky in Love and Job Search

1. Don't Be Something You're Not

Blithely comment, "It's not you, it's me" to a roomful of singles and watch the eye rolls. But it's often true—in both dating and the hiring process.

Being the most skilled financial auditor won't lift your resume over the moderately qualified actuary applying for a valuation modeling position at a life insurance company. He fits the job, you don't. And wrong fit jobs lead to unhappy employees, dissatisfied employers and a rapid rewrite of the resume.

Squeezing yourself to fit the wrong job increases your chances of failure, or, even worse, a cycle of short tenure positions. Be real on what each of you offer and require.