In the past couple of years I have often been asked the following two questions. What did I do wrong? What can I do differently to get the job? The answer comes down to only a few things. I have below a list of the five most common reasons why candidates did not get the job and how they can improve that result.
Punctuality – you either showed up too early or late. When you are booked for an interview that person is putting aside the time they feel required to complete the interview. When you show up too early, you are putting pressure on that person to complete whatever was on their schedule as fast as possible to meet with you. When you show up late, you are setting the example on how much you respect the interviewer’s time and what they can expect from you in the future.
Take the time to find the location prior to your interview. Whether you take the bus or drive, go there the day before (possibly at the same time that your interview is scheduled) to make sure you know how much time you need and how to get there.
Appearance – I have talked about this one before. You are either overdressed or underdressed.
Contact people in the office to find out what the dress code is and dress one level up from that. If the office is a casual (jeans) environment, you should dress business casual (nice slacks and an appropriate shirt).
Reason # 3
You were not prepared and faked your way through the questions.
One of the most important parts of a job interview is to determine the applicant’s ability to research and prepare. When you are prepared to answer questions about the company, you will show confidence in your ability to handle the work assigned to you. Faking your way through these questions will show the interviewer that you are not interested in the company and what they do, you are only looking for a job. Preparation is key; make sure that you go through the website, social media sites and articles online about them. If you are asked a question that you are not sure of, then you can honestly tell them that you did not come across that in your research and ask them more about it.
First Impressions – when evaluating candidates or job applicants for positions, the hiring manager will ask everyone that may have had contact with you what their impressions were. There are times when I am interviewing, the person will come in and treat my receptionist or other staff like they are not worthy of their time. The picture changes dramatically when I come out to meet with the individual.
Treat everyone like they could be your next boss. Respect is a two way street, you have to earn it. Treating people this way will most likely take you out of the running for the position. It does not matter if you are a labourer or a CEO, it will still affect you.
You talk too much – When the interviewer asks you a question there is a reason why. Talking too much will make you look disorganized and you will lose the attention of the interviewer quickly.
Your answer’s for the questions should be direct, factual and to the point. Take the time you need to organize your thoughts and if you are not sure if you have answered the interviewer’s questions, ask them. If they would like more information they will tell you or ask follow up questions.
To be honest, there are so many things that can affect your ability to get the job. Take your time, prepare properly and be confident.