Most personal matchmaking services will interview you extensively, asking questions about your relationship goal and match preferences.
The service screens and researches matches for you and then notifies you via mail or phone that your match is ready.
Wachs Personal matchmaking services vary enormously, depending on their population; the credentials, training, skill, professionalism, and ethics of the matchmaker; whether the company is a nationwide franchise or a more personalized boutique service; whether the matchmaker meets you or not; and whether the service is a real business or a hobby the owner is doing to meet a special someone.
A difference also exists between businesses run predominantly to make money and those run by someone who actually cares about the service sold.
One of the earliest personals ever placed was by a 30-year-old man, with "a very good estate', announcing he was in search of 'some good young gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3,000 or thereabouts." (£3,000 is equivalent to roughly £300,000 today.