People fail interviews for a variety of reasons … From not displaying the personality attributes that employers want to not asking the correct types of questions at the conclusion of the interview, there are a variety of mistakes that candidates make.
“I keep failing interviews,” a lot of job seekers tell me, but they don’t know what to do differently (or whether there is anything they CAN do differently).
However, the truth is that there is. How? Well to find that out, let’s get this party started…
1. You didn’t do enough research on the job and the firm.
This is a crucial stage that should not be overlooked. No matter what job you’re interviewing for, employers want to hire someone who is thorough and hardworking.
And the first method to demonstrate that you work hard and don’t cut corners is to go into the interview knowing everything there is to know about their profession and organisation. Make an effort to know more than anybody else they’ve spoken to.
Examine the job description and establish a list of the most important responsibilities.
2. You didn’t ask them nearly as many questions as you should have.
Employers want to hire someone who is focused on their job hunt and understands exactly what they want. Otherwise, they’ll be concerned that you’ll become bored, dislike your job, leave as soon as you find something better, and so on.
And if you don’t ask any questions, how will you know if their work is a suitable fit? Employers will worry if you don’t ask enough questions since it indicates that you don’t care what kind of job you get, that you’re desperate and just want any job, or that you’re attempting to do the bare minimum to get employed.
3. You didn’t write thank-you emails to everyone you met.
This is another approach to demonstrate that you are a dedicated worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty, rather than someone who cuts corners or waits to be asked to do something.
What kind of person do you believe employers are looking for?
It is rather suggested to send a thank-you note to everyone you met in person during an interview. Send it the next day at lunchtime, or when you get home after the interview in the evening. If you’re not sure what to submit, utilise this step-by-step tutorial with examples.
4. Right now, you can’t articulate what you’re seeking in a career.
This is something that many job searchers are either unaware of or undervalue.
Employers are constantly looking for someone who is focused on a specific goal in their job search.
Employers are concerned that if you don’t sound like you’ve considered what you want to do next in your career, you’ll change your mind and leave, not enjoy the job and become bored, and so on.
Show employers, you know what you want to do if you want more employment offers!
5. You lacked enthusiasm/excitement.
Hiring managers are looking for someone who will be upbeat, lively, and enthusiastic about the job.
It’s fine if you’re not the most outgoing or enthusiastic person in the room. Nobody is. However, you should “crank it up” a notch and show some enthusiasm.
If they mention a portion of the job that sounds fascinating, express your interest! Try to say something like, “That’s fantastic.” At least once or twice in an interview where you’re learning about the job responsibilities, say, “That sounds incredibly intriguing.”