10 Reasons Why People Fail Job Interview
REASONS WHY MOST PEOPLE FAIL JOB INTERVIEW
In this article, you would learn reasons why most people fail a job interview. So, you are advised to read through this article carefully to learn a few things that will definitely be of help to you.
Somehow, the whole purpose and idea behind a job interview have been misspelt by most job seekers.
One of the purposes of a job interview is to help job seekers and employers learn about one another. And in this process, some job seekers tend to be too formal or too informal as the case may be.
REASONS SOME PERSONS FAIL A JOB INTERVIEW
JOB INTERVIEW: BAD MANNERS
This may seem strange but it is it a problem that needs to be addressed. There are jobs prescription and descriptions for every job. Before you apply for a job, you should know about the job description.
Smoking: You don’t go to a job interview smoking if smoking isn’t part of the ethics of the job. Imagine you are been interviewed and you are blowing out smoking on the executives interviewing you… it doesn’t make sense and you definitely won’t get the job.
Gum chewing: It is not proper to chew and pop gum while in a job interview. You may be a perpetual gum chewer and popper but you don’t have to chew gum in an interview cause it may lead to a distraction and eventually you not getting the job.
Lateness: While I do claim proficiency in this department on a social level, even I’m not late for interviews. What a way to display your awesomeness, by strolling in 15 minutes late to an interview. You will not get the job.
Your Dressing: If you don’t know the dress code in your wannabe office, then you should dress up – not down. Try to look smart and pretty by dressing well. Most preferably, put on a suit and a nice polished shoe.
JOB INTERVIEW: BELIEVING TOO MUCH IN PAPER
As funny as this may seem, it is actually the truth. It is good to graduate with good grades because it is what will actually make you show up for an interview. But you see my friend, good grades won’t give you the job.
Knowing a little about the practical knowledge of your wannabe job or office is far better securing you a job than the paper you have on your hands.
It has been confirmed by many employers that whenever they try to make school grade a deciding factor for their company, it is always a bad choice because they end up not getting the best man for the job.
Know what you should know.
JOB INTERVIEW: YOU DIDN’T MEET THEIR MOST NEEDED REQUIREMENT
After you have done the interview and you ended up not getting the job, you probably didn’t meet the job requirement.
This has nothing to you know being good or qualified by every standard of your measurement, but it has to do with the companies internal policy.
Also, you can be so good but the executives just require one person and choice has to be made between you and the next man who secured the job.
you may get all the interview questions correctly and still.
JOB INTERVIEW: YOU KNOW NOTHING OR LITTLE ABOUT THE COMPANY
You can’t walk into a business hoping they’ll hire you and not know anything about it.
It just can’t happen. At a minimum, you need to know about the job you’re interviewing for and how your skills will apply.
That means having a list (practice it) of reasons why you’d be a great fit with their organization. Because you just might be asked.
Most companies will give you some great hints before you even walk in, they’ll tell you who’s interviewing you (so you can look them up on LinkedIn) and the job description will state some specifics about the department the position is in and who it reports to – you can use all of this in your research.
JOB INTERVIEW: TALKING BAD ABOUT YOUR OLD BOSS
Really, you don’t go to a job interview and talk bad about your previous boss. You don’t do that!
If for any reason you were not treated in the kindest or fairest of ways in your previous job, still don’t talk bad about your previous boss because that will speak bad about your personality to the executives.
I will recommend you to be tactful when answering questions or when you are ask to say things. Remember, you are in front of people you will be working with if given the job. Never talk bad about your past.
Imagine you telling the executives that your previous boss complains too much about you being too slow, and now you are saying you don’t like it when people complain that you are too slow because you like doing things slow and steady.
Actually, when you do that, just know that you have just screwed up and won’t be given the job.
Whatever the reason, no boss wants to hear you talk bad about your previous boss.
JOB INTERVIEW: YOU ASKED THE WRONG QUESTION
A friend of mine just left a great medical position because she felt the company’s unethical actions were putting her career and her good name were at risk.
Understandably so, she wants to avoid working for another company like that. She’s been through many interviews but hasn’t gotten any offers, so we dug into the “why” a bit more.
I find out she uses the last few minutes of her interviews asking very pointed questions about whether these potential employers care about ethics and procedures.
If you first open your interview by telling them you left your current company because you wanted more management experience but then jump into the question around with, “Do you break laws around here?” They’re going to get suspicious. (Also, as I told my friend, no company will ever tell you they break laws – duh.)
The “Do you have any questions for us?” question is not the time to let the potential employer peek behind the curtain of your career. So many people fall into this trap, and a smart interviewer will read through them and learn all the secrets of your past if you love asking these kinds of questions.
Maintain your message throughout. Find a way to get the information you need to make an educated decision on a job offer without giving away any negative facts about you.
JOB INTERVIEW: YOU LIED
If I’m looking at your resume that states you’re still working for a company (six months after I know you’ve quit), I’m not going to think you have a typo and forgot to mention it. I’m going to think you’re lying. You first need to make sure the information on your resume is accurate, (because when you get in the door on false pretenses, people will find out and like you much less), and then you need to address the job gap right away.
You can usually tell when an interviewer wants to know something specific. If you pick up that they want some specific information about your past, be honest. I’ll speak for myself as a manager and say that candid and professional responses are actually impressive. Interviewers are human and they know you are too, so don’t be scared to be one. Most of them also love to hire good people who can explain real situations, no matter how uncomfortable.
JOB INTERVIEW: YOU DIDN’T THRILL THEM
Don’t be scared, introverts, this one won’t hurt you. Wowing comes in a variety of ways. If you’re asked about the last three books you read, please do not answer, “Oh, I don’t read.” (it still shocks me that people actually say that)
If you really desperately want this job and you’re asked, “Would you be willing to learn how to do ,” you better answer with a “heck yes!” Not say what I’ve heard before, “Ugh, I don’t really like doing that.”
Or if you come to an interview unprepared and with nothing in your hands – like a portfolio of some kind or a resume perhaps – you’re going to have a tough time wowing the room.
Usually wowing just involves taking one extra step. Creating a snazzy portfolio which may or may not be opened in the interview, still looks pretty darn sharp sitting next to you on the table. Having nice, comfortable conversation with the interviewer and not being awkward or dry can also wow them. It’s little things, but it’s the extra things.
If you really want a job, do your research, practice and focus on not failing the interview. Then you can finally be the candidate that wins by a landslide.