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Is Your Job Like a Love Affair?

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One-third of American workers say they have experienced instant attraction in their most recent job interview, calling it "love at first sight," a new survey found. Like most men and women who suddenly find themselves in the throes of an intense new courtship, their burning questions now is, "Will my job love me tomorrow?"

How hiring managers and recruiters handle the interviewing process can help steer that conversation toward either a wedding anniversary celebration or divorce court.

More than a third of women (35 percent) and 28 percent of men said they instantly fell in love with the opportunity for which they were most recently interviewed, according to a survey of more than 1,000 adults sponsored by HireVue, an on-demand digital interviewing platform.

And one-third (30 percent) of working Americans likened their last interview process to a game of "playing hard to get."

"Interviewing is a courtship to one of the most important relationships for Americans — their job," said Kevin Marasco, chief marketing officer at HireVue. "In the job interview process, both falling in love instantly and playing hard to get may cloud a candidate's judgment in assessing the opportunity at hand."

Hiring managers and recruiters who are looking for long-term work relationships and are mindful of the costs of bad hires, should consider the following, Marasco said. Does your interview process sell your company culture and the intangibles of what the position has to offer in a long-term relationship — beyond the basic of a compensation package? Are you managing the expectations of the candidate throughout the interview process?

Candidates, on the other hand, should strike an objective middle ground, treat their resume like an online dating profile and the interview process like a blind date. Job seekers should expect that recruiters or hiring managers will vet their social media profile for how they show up in searches, the number of Twitter followers they have and the extent of their LinkedIn connections.

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.We're also on Facebook & Google+.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.