Have you entered dozens of applications to only receive the dreaded, “Thank you for replying,” email? To help you give your best and land the job I compiled a list of 10 reasons to help you identify areas of improvement. If you are currently job hunting, I know it’s no cake walk and this post is not to poke fun.
This list is not to bash nor discourage you but to help you realize some areas of an improvement that could make a big difference in you being offered a job instead of a parting email. I’m guilty of all ten but once I removed the detractors landing job offers became a breeze.
Here are 10 reasons why you’re not getting the job…
#1 Poorly written resume.
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#2 Showing up late for an interview.
15 minutes early minimum. If you must arrived late contact the interviewer as soon as possible and make them aware of the delay.
#3 Dressed inappropriately.
If your serious about the job this shouldn’t be a hard one to get right. If you are on a tight budget Goodwill always has dress clothes absolve to men and women at affordable prices. You could also check out thrift stores in your local area. Here are my suggestions for interview looks.
#4 Poor communication.
Remember that communication is verbal and non-verbal.
#5 Be careful not to over prepare.
Sometimes recruiters can interpret over confidence as you not having the ability to work well with others. Choose to display confidence over an inflated ego. If you are applying for a team oriented role make sure that you convey that your confidence will add to the collective overall and you don’t plan on letting your ego in the way.
#6 Knowing nothing about the company.
Please at least research the company’s goals and values. Company’s websites are great resources., I recommend glassdoor.com to get started.
Try to know at least three things about the company such as where are headquarters located, founder name, a date the company was founded, and some of their values.
#7 Asking only about salary during the hiring process.
Employers know the main goal for a job seeker is to secure their financial situation and provide the essentials. However, companies want to invest in talent that is committed to their values as a company. They may need worker bees, but they still want them to be engaged. Only being interested in the compensation will come across as fictitious.
Recruiters will tell you how much the role is offering so there is no need to bring it up at the interview. You will also get the chance to negotiate once the initial offer is made. If you are top talent or your job needs to be filled quickly the negotiation process will be seamless.
Here are some suggestions of questions you can ask at the end of your interview:
Question #1: What ideal candidate are you looking for?
Question #2: When could I expect to hear from someone regarding the position?
Question #3: What is the most challenging part of “insert position”?
#8 Bad-mouthing previous employers.
Keep it vague, honest, and professional. For example, “There was a lack of leadership but it taught me to hold myself accountable. That’s why I’m looking for a role here because this company is now for its strong leadership.”
#9 Leaving your cell phone on during an interview.
Make it habit to turn your cell phone off prior to an interview. If you are experiencing an emergency let the interviewer know early in you left your cell phone on vibrate due to your circumstances. However, if something comes up that could impact your performance contact the interviewer as early as possible.
#10 No follow up.
For corporate positions you can follow up a few days later with the recruiter. If you’re applying for a position that has in house hiring, go in person to follow up on your application. Try not to call, it is better to handle this face to face and you could be offered the job on the spot.
Use this as a guideline and land the job! Stop spinning your wheels and adopt a strategy that will help you go from job seeker to employed. You got this!
Let’s continue this conversation in the comments. Do you have tips to share that have helped you land jobs in the past? Share them! If you have a friend that could use a little help with their job hunt share this.
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