You may not think it, but there are a lot of similarities between looking for a job and looking for a significant other. Sure, there are differences – probably best not to end an interview with a hug, for example, and definitely don’t go in for a kiss – but the similarities are worth noting. If you want advice on howto score a second date or interview, here are five top tips. 1 First impressions are everything Whether we like it or not, we only have one chance to make a first impression, and there’s no taking it back. Yes, a company and potential mate should love you for who you are; however, when people first meet you, they don’t yet know the real you; they only know the you sitting in front of them, or preferably next to them (it makes having an intimate conversation easier). Put simply: dress to impress for the situation. Going for a clean and put-together look can send a great first impression. This actually allows for the other person to concentrate on what you are saying and not on what you are wearing. The job of your dreams is just an email (with a perfect subject line) away A few additional pointers to keep in mind: DO wear something that makes you feel confident and attractive. DON’T wear something you took out of your hamper. DO dress in a style that’s “you”. DON’T second-guess your fashion choice once you’re on the date or interview. Own it. DO have a few go-to outfits ready so you never have to stress out about it. DON’T forget that your clothes will never outweigh hygiene. 2 Identify whether their goals align with yours As a brunette, how would it make you feel if a date indicated, while on the date, that he or she really preferred redheads? On the other hand, why would an employer hire you if you indicate your real passion is acting but you are applying for a research role? Although honesty is key, it is best to keep answers about the future open-ended. This is one of the top reasons that companies pass on candidates, and you certainly are not setting yourself up for success in dating with these types of closed-minded responses. It’s best to keep doors open and then close them if and when you’re ready. 3 Too much personal information is a turn-off Nobody needs to know intimate medical histories, why you had such a bitter break-up, or the names of all your first cousins the first time they meet you. Ditto an interview – don’t bad-mouth past bosses or moan about the HR policies at your current job. Keep it brief and light, and professional in the interview setting. It is imperative to remain positive and professional while allowing your personality to shine. 4 Pay attention to the end This is one of the most telling factors in the failure or success of your first meeting. Let your interviewer or date know your interest level at the end of the meeting … and don’t forget to smile. In addition, always come prepared with questions. People think you’re more interested if you ask thoughtful questions. How to follow up after a job interview without seeming desperate Lastly, always send a “thank you” note (email for interview, text for date) if you’re interested in following up. 5 Everyone loves to be loved Do you feel like she’s the one? Have you met your dream boss? On the interviewing front, it is a common misbelief that you should always take a day to accept a position. And on the dating front, it is a common misbelief that you should always wait three days to contact the other person to play hard-to-get. This is silly – don’t make them wait. How would you feel if someone said “I love you”, and you replied, “Let me think about it and I will get back to you.” Exactly. Just go for it. Now you’re ready – go get that job and that date! This article was curated by Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.