It happens all the time. You saw a job opening on a platform and proceeded by submitting your most updated resume. A few weeks later, the company called you for an interview. The date was set, and you were prepared for it. You went for the interview, and everything seemed to go great. However, your potential employer did not call you back. You did the right thing by dropping them an e-mail and found out that they had made another offer to another applicant. Where did you go wrong? Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job.
You did not dress the part
Dress for the job you want, not the job that you have goes the saying. As this is the first time you are meeting your potential employer, it is so important to make the right first impression. If you weren’t dressed appropriately, it could have cost you the job before you start introducing yourself. For the next interview, check out the dress code of the company, and find some inspiration here for what to wear to make a good first impression for your next interview.
You have poor communication skills
Communication isn’t just merely about answering the questions that your potential employers pose to you; it is so much more. It is about shaking your hands when you first enter the room and shaking it again when the interview ends. It is about making eye contact and being engaged all the time. In addition to this, it is pivotal to know your audience well, in this case, it is your potential employer. After all, everybody communicates differently.
You did not establish a positive connection
It goes without saying that establishing a positive connection with your future employer is key to getting the job. Establishing a positive connection showcases your ability to adapt into the company’s working culture. Some of the methods of establishing a positive connection includes listening effectively, learning to accept feedback, and learning to be more understanding. It all takes time, but it is worth it!
You did not know the company well
You could have prepared the whole night about the things that you’re going to say about yourself, but simply have forgotten that you need to research about the company, too. Sure, you know a little bit of the company’s operations, but is it good enough? Some of the research that you will need to do in the future include understanding company’s values, mission and vision, key players, competitors, products, services and recent news / events of the company. This will be extremely useful in setting a positive first impression.
You did not ask questions
Getting all the answers right is just one part of the interview. You will need to ask some questions to your potential employer, too. Not only asking questions will help you understand the company a little better, but it will also establish that you’re interested to work in the company. It is crucial to ask about the work culture, after all, you want to make sure that it fits you. Or, find something to ask about the company that you can’t find the answers online.
You have shared too much
Indeed, an interview is not a very good time to share your personal matters. What happens when a personal matter is the reason why you have left a position, or there is a gap in your resume? It is crucial to go to an interview prepared; you will never know the questions that are going to be asked. Keep in mind to share appropriately, as sharing too much with your potential employers can come off as unprofessional.
You have requested for a high salary
Money keeps us going. Naturally, when you’re going for another interview, you will be seeking for a higher salary than your current position. However, if the salary that you have requested is too high, it will be a turn off for your future employer. With that said, always let them start when it comes to salary. Surprisingly, not many interviewers talk about salary, unless they are interested in hiring you. Choose your numbers wisely!
You didn’t ask for the job
When you didn’t ask for the job, potential employers may have the impression that you’re not very keen about it. What is the best way to end an interview? Expressing your keeness for the job, of course. Strange, but true. If that is your dream job, let them know that you are interested to be part of their team. Show it to them that you’re ready to embark on this journey. It tells your potential employer that you’re eager to take the role.
You were too polished
If you have been to a fair number of interviews, you will notice that there are standard questions in every interview. As much as it is important for you to rehearse and practice the answers, you should never sound to robotic. After researching about the company that you are applying for, the next step is to tailor your answers with samples that are relevant to the position, and company. Remember, be natural and be yourself.
You have failed to sell yourself
A good resume gets you an interview. A good sales pitch of yourself gets you the job. During an interview, it is so important to give examples to prove that you have excelled in your position. Tell them your achievements, and skills gained throughout your career. Through this step, it shows that you are confident in yourself. Do remember to see the fine line between confidence, and boastfulness.
Lessons To Learn
In every interview, you will learn something new. It is alright if you did not get the job, as there will always be other opportunities out there waiting for you. Remember, it is always important to be prepared for the interview. Dress the part, learn about the company, think of the right questions to ask, find the expected salary range, and everything else in between. It all adds up to a successful interview. Good luck!
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