19 Reasons Why You Failed The Job Interview
Lesile Juvin-Acker Shares 19 Reasons You Failed That Job Interview
1. Poor personal appearance
Take a good look in the mirror. Do your clothes need tailoring and ironing? Do you have poor hygiene, yellow teeth, or smell funny? Ask someone who can give you objective observations about your personal appearance. Correct them immediately. Attention to yourself displays that you will give proper attention to your job.
2. Overly aggressive Don’t try to bully someone into hiring you. Online or in-person stalking doesn’t help, either. Give hiring managers the space they need to hire the right person. Trying to pull the perfect job closer with force leads to pushing it away. Trust in your skills and abilities and know the right job will come in response.
3. Inability to express information clearly Do you have a tendency to make run on sentences? Do you forget what you were saying midway through your story? Practice speaking to someone who is talented in giving speeches or has a one up on grammar. Stop to think through your thoughts before saying them. Try exercising your speech during every day tasks like ordering a meal – be smooth, clear, and focused – and see how people respond.
4. Lack of interest and enthusiasm It’s obvious when you don’t care about the company you’re applying to, the people that work there, and the people they serve. You will encounter people who really love their jobs and take them seriously. These people are easy to spot. People who don’t care for their jobs are even more easy to find. Future employers want to know if you’re eager to work and willing to put a part of yourself in your efforts.
5. Lack of planning for career; no purpose and no goals This is something I spend a lot of time working on with my clients. Some clients don’t understand career planning and what it means to their lives. The first step in getting the life and career you want is knowing what you do and don’t want. Going from one job to another without a clear understanding of their purpose in your life is extremely unattractive to employers who desire an employee who is to be trusted with planning and vision. Before you can help someone accomplish their vision, you must have an understanding of your own first.
6. Nervousness, lack of confidence and poise It’s easy to doubt our abilities especially when we are being compared to other candidates. If you haven’t already expressed your talents, capabilities, and experiences on your resume, try making a list on your own (or with the help of someone who knows you well) who can help you take stock. Knowing exactly what you’re good/weak at will give you the confidence in your abilities you need to get the job. If you lack confidence, practice speaking in the mirror or have practice sessions with a patient person who can ask you a variety of interview questions.
7. Over emphasis on money I can agree that all of us working stiffs have bills to pay; some more than others! However, while your primary reason for working in your field (or working at all) is to pay these said bills making money the number one discussion point is a no-no. Focus on communicating your financial needs in subtle way. Money isn’t the only factor in getting a job; working atmosphere, flexibility, company mission and vision (how they play with your personal values), are all subjects for discussion. Don’t come off as a money grubber!
8. Unwillingness to start at the bottom This is mostly directed to young professionals who believe they are above writing signs with sharpie markers, making coffee for the rest of the crew, or mopping up the mess left behind by careless customers. Starting at the bottom is a great place to start because it gives you the in and outs of the company, a chance to find out what really matters to customers, and it helps you develop a thicker skin when faced with rejection and disrespect. Even those at the top had to eat a piece of humble pie with a heaping helping of submission.
9. Lack of tact and courtesy You don’t have to come from a royal family to be courteous and diplomatic. My best advice for this section is to think of the nicest old lady or gentleman you know and duplicate their actions and speech. What I’ve noticed is that they take the time to listen, think before they speak, are not in a hurry to get their way, and don’t try to impose their will on others. Practice these qualities and see how people respond.
10. Lack of maturity To many, maturity means possessing empathy, respect for others, and being accountable for one’s own actions. Lacking these qualities is obvious in the way one speaks and acts. If you say you’re going to be somewhere, be there on time. If you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and move on. If there is a problem, work with others to solve it and don’t be quick to lay blame. It’s not always easy growing up, but we have to start somewhere to grow.
11. Negative attitude about past employers You may have been fired or quit your last job and left with ill will. You don’t have to drag bad memories with you and vent your frustrations on a potential employer. Bad mouthing past employers demonstrates that you don’t know how to let go, forgive, and move on. No one is saying you have to forgive, but you definitely must let go to grab the next opportunity!
12. No genuine interest in company or job When you are asked “Do you have any questions about our company?” this is the perfect opportunity to share what you know and to expand your knowledge about the company by asking genuine questions. If you don’t care what the company does and who its employees serve then why should they care about what you do and how they can help you achieve your goals? Take thirty minutes (at least) to read up on a company and remember some facts. It’s embarrassing to walk into an interview and know nothing about a company.
13. No eye contact with the interviewer Eye contact is very difficult for people. However, strong eye contact can communicate power, self confidence, and care for the other. Practice with people you are comfortable with, then start making eye contact with those who you don’t know and see how long you can hold it for. Others may become intimidated while others may be impressed by your confidence. Don’t believe me? Try it!
14. Application form is incomplete or sloppy Take the extra forty five seconds it takes to fill in the rest of the job application. Write slowly and thoughtfully. You may be in a rush to grab some cash, but don’t let that show on your application forms. Take a minute to think about your employment prospects and reflect thoughtfully about your work experience. Don’t forget to write legibly, you-left-handers-you!
15. No sense of humor Not all jobs are all fun and games, but laughter is a universal sign of human emotion. Show that you are, in some senses, a human being. If you make a mistake or feel nervous, laugh about it and feel the stress melt away.
16. Late for interview Do you very best to arrive on time, if not early. Arriving early will give you the extra time to walk off frittered nerves. Arriving on time, is good enough. We all get lost as some times, be sure to call and explain the situation calmly and apologize for wasting your interviewer’s time.
17. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time Someone took time out of their busy day to interview you. Sometimes, these people drive or fly long distances to meet you. Express gratitude and demonstrate awareness of their energy and efforts to meet you. A simple thank you will do. A hand written letter is a nice gesture, too!
18. Fail to ask questions about the job Like I said in number 12 – take the time to ask some good questions about the job and the company. Asking thoughtful questions about the job will not only impress your interviewer, but will help you decide if the job is right for you.
19. Gives vague responses to questions Be specific. Don’t answer questions with questions. Practice your answers thoughtfully.
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