Sitting in the lobby, for three hours, of a company that invited me for an interview led me to the observation that dating someone from Tinder (or any dating app!) is just like applying on Jobstreet (or any job sites).
The power of the internet paved way to many opportunities even when you’re just sitting at home. For your convenience, you can now communicate with your relative overseas via Skype or FB Videocalling and make it feel like they’re within reach, you can go online shopping through Amazon/Lazada when you want to avoid traffic and pollution, and now, for the two basic necessities of life: a soul mate and a job, you can use Tinder and Jobstreet.
Though I still find it questionable whether Tinder can really give you a soul mate. But some stories I find online prove that there’s some pretty good chance of finding one. It’s probably just how you use the app, or how you handle your dates. But in many cases, they don’t really work out. Then again, that’s just probably how many people use it.
Anyway, I just find it relatively amusing that experiencing both app/site has a lot of things in common. Watch.
Step 1: Open the app (assuming you already filled out the necessary information and uploaded photos of your rocking hot body)
Step 2: Swipe right to someone you like or swipe left to someone you don’t imagine dating. You can pick from any person from 3km to 40km away, I think. It’s all up to you if you want to date someone near or far.
Step 3: When Matched!, you talk to them through the built-in chat box, you flirt a little and then, you set a date to meet up
Step 4: You prepare for the actual date. You put on some make up and dress yourself up.
Step 5: You get nervous, you even sweat a little, you practice what you’ll say, and how you’ll be able to hide all your flaws and horrifying past.
Step 6: You show up on time. Sometimes, you have to wait for the other when you’re really early.
Step 7: You have to be nice and in your best possible behavior to impress the other.
Step 8: You talk about yourself and then ask questions about the other. It’s simply getting to know.
Step 9: After the much awaited date, you part ways.
Step 10: You evaluate your date and if the other is compatible with you. This is also the part where you try to look the puzzle piece in different angles, just to see if he/she fits your needs and lifestyle. (Is this just me or other people do this too?)
Step 11: Wonder why they ain’t calling you back, but you’re still waiting and not closing any doors. OR you stop communicating with them because they turn out to be a disappointment.
Step 12: While waiting, you repeat steps 1 to 11. OR if you did the other, you can also repeat steps 1 to 11.
If a second, third, fourth, fifth date happens, and if things got pretty serious over time, of course, you delete the app. And congrats! You got yourself damn good fish.
Now, on to Jobstreet!
Step 1: Open the site (assuming you already filled out the information and uploaded a resume)
Step 2: You click to the job suggested to you on your homepage. You get to pick the location of the company you want. It’s all up to you if you want to try out somewhere near or far.
Step 3: You make a pitch. You have to sell yourself immediately though.
Step 4: When invited for an interview/contacted via call, a date is set for a face to face interview.
Step 5: You prepare for the interview. You put on some make up and dress yourself up.
Step 6: You get nervous, you even sweat a little, you practice what you’ll say, and how you’ll answer the questions in a smart way.
Step 7: You show up on time. Sometimes, you have to wait for the HR staff when you arrive earlier than the set schedule. Some people, like I do, anticipate traffic and for some reasons, traffic was gone earlier today so I was there, sitting in the lobby for 3 hours.
Step 8: You have to be nice and in your best possible behavior to impress the HR staff.
Step 9: You talk about yourself and then ask questions about the company. It’s simply getting to know each other.
Step 10: After the much awaited interview, you part ways and head home.
Step 11: You evaluate the company and if you see yourself growing in it. This is also the part where you try to look the puzzle piece in different angles, just to see if the salary fits your needs and lifestyle.
Step 12: Wonder why they haven’t called you back yet, but you’re still waiting and not closing any doors. OR you stop reaching out because as it turns out, the salary wasn’t enough, or the company itself didn’t look as appealing as it sound.
Step 13: While waiting, you repeat steps 1 to 12. OR if you did the other, you can also repeat steps 1 to 11. It’s like trial and error.
If a second, and a final interview happen, and you finally got accepted, then of course, don’t delete your account on Jobstreet, man, just change the status from “actively looking for jobs” to “Employed!”. And congrats! Spread your wings now and fly!
Well, I haven’t really been invited to an interview by a scammer (Thank God!) but we can compare the scammer to some people on Tinder who only wants to hook up and then run away from you as soon as possible. If this happens to you, unmatch the person right away, get yourself checked up and pray to God he/she doesn’t spread anymore STD.
Note: I used Tinder and Jobstreet examples here, since those are the two app/site I used so far.