Not Getting Past The Job Interview? What Might Be Going WrongPosted: 28th of August 2015 by
Job interviews are stressful enough, without going to the effort to get all dressed up and prepared only to later find out that you didn’t get the job. Making things even worse is the fact that you rarely get to find out what went wrong. Companies don’t tend to be too good at telling you why you didn’t pass the interview process – they have found their employee and are ready to move on. But how are you supposed to brush up your interview technique for next time if you don’t get any feedback? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We looked over five reasons why you may not have made it past the job interview – and what you might be able to do to remedy the situation next time…
- Talking Too Much / Too Little
It is easy to talk too much when you are nervous. A lot of people try to cover their nerves – maybe even going as far as to interrupt the interviewer – which is never a good look! Alternatively you may have been so overcome with nerves that you barely spoke at all. How is the interviewer supposed to find out anything about you if you don’t speak with them? On one side is rudeness and the other side is not enough information and engagement.
Try to come across as relaxed and friendly – even if you are not. Take your time with your replies to give yourself time to think, and make sure your interviewer has finished speaking before you start. Some people recommend you remember the acronym PIE for how you should appear in interview – passionate, interested, and engaged.
You may be desperate to land your dream job or simply need the money, but too much desperation can come across badly to a hiring manager. Of course, it is only understandable that you might want or need the job, but your desperation is less appealing than a calm confidence.
Rather than focusing on how much you want the job (and please, don’t plead!), try to keep your mind on what value you can offer the employer if they take you on. Think about your skills and show interest rather than desperation. Also be sure to check what you say in any follow-up calls or emails!
We all know that you have your own reasons for wanting the job – whether career-based or purely financial. However, your potential boss doesn’t really care about all that – they need to know what you can offer to the company. Early interview is not really the place to be making requests about salary, holiday or any extra benefits you might be able to get.
Leave the questions about what you have to gain until you are sure you are in line for the job (maybe even wait until they make an offer). You will be in a stronger place to negotiate these things once you know the company wants you. In the meantime, focus on what you can offer your new employer – not the other way around.
- Too Much Training
If you are going for an entry-level jopb, or one that makes it clear that full training will be given this usually shouldn’t be such a problem. However, if you are going for a slightly higher-profile role, your employer won’t want to have to hold your hand and walk you through everything in the first few weeks of the job. They will simply look for someone who is going to be less of a burden.
Loo back over the requirements for the job and see where you match up. If there are large gaps this job may simply not be best suited to you right now, but you may be able to brush up on some of the skills quickly as you learn the ropes. This one is very subjective depending on you and the job… Just be honest with yourself – were you aiming too high?
- You Don’t Match The Culture Of The Employer
One workplace can be very different from the next, even if they are working in the same field. Many employers like to hire workers who will fit in with their existing staff and any company ethos. Ignoring the culture of the company could see you overlooked for someone else who seems a better ‘fit’ for the company as a whole.
Pay attention to the culture of the workplace as you go to interview. That doesn’t mean you should start joking around if it seems like a relaxed and casual place, but nor should you come across as totally stiff and starched. Try to catch the mood of the interviewer and company a little and follow suit where you can.
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