Why did you fail your interview?
Feedback is very useful for interviewees and recruiters alike and here are some points that may help you understand why you didn’t get the job…..
….And possibly help you to get the next one!!
So why didn’t you get the job?
I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why candidates are rejected after interviews.
- Limited or no research in to the role and company
- Personality fit
- Not listening / talking over them
- Can’t explain your interest in the role
- Your CV doesn’t match what you say
- You were up against some very strong competition
- You view the role as a ‘step down’ / less pressured role
- You didn’t say that you wanted the job
- You didn’t follow up on the interview and someone else did
Limited or no research in to the role and company
Research in the company and the role is essential. Would you employ someone who had no idea about your company or the opportunity you were offering?
It’s the very best way for you to show enthusiasm for the role on offer. Go a little further in your research than just the basics too. Google is your best friend here. Look up their competitors, head on to their Linkedin company page, follow them on Twitter. Do whatever you can to find out more about your potential employer. This will not only show your enthusiasm, but also your research skills.
This is obviously a tricky one to combat! Sometimes you just have to trust that the interviewer knows what kind of person is going to fit in their company and put the interview down to experience.
Not listening / talking over them
This one should be self-explanatory, but unfortunately it’s a common complaint from employers. It may well be nerves making you talk quickly / babble but try and take a deep breath and slow things down. The interviewer will have plenty of information they’d like to tell you about the company and if you don’t show that you’re listening, how can they ever think you’re interested in the role? You’ve fallen at the first hurdle!
Can’t explain your interest in the role
It’s rather easy in the internet era to hit “apply” and submit your credentials, but far too often, candidates can’t explain why they’re keen on a certain role or relate their own experience to the requirements of the role. Prepare some examples of why your previous experience is suited to the position; explain where you want to be a few years’ time and how this role fits in.
Your CV doesn’t match what you say
Check your facts! There’s nothing worse than being caught out in an interview. Even if you’ve made a completely innocent mistake with dates / job titles etc, it will look bad.
You were up against some very strong competition
Again, there’s really not a lot you can do about this one. The interviewer may well have set out to find someone with particular experience or even from a particular competitor. Be the best that you can be and if that’s not quite enough, then it wasn’t the role for you!
You view the role as a ‘step down’ / less pressured role
Whilst you may feel that you are happy to take a pay cut or a position with less responsibility, an employer won’t always see that as a good thing. They will be looking for someone who is driven and who can bring something new to their company and may feel you will just do what’s asked of you and nothing more.
You didn’t say that you wanted the job
You may think that this is a given as you applied for the role and attended the interview. It isn’t. If you are genuinely keen on the job and the company then tell your interviewer. Every employer likes to hear positive feedback and it may well help you stand out from the crowd.
You didn’t follow up on the interview and someone else did
This doesn’t mean having to send a sycophantic and desperate email. If possible, simply drop your interviewer a polite email thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in the opportunity. If you are going through a recruiter then ask them to pass this on. Also, chase the recruiter for feedback – although, not hourly!
I didn’t understand why you were applying for my job.
Too many candidates take a scattergun approach when applying for work and this can lead to confusion over what roles they have applied for and why. Make sure you only apply for jobs that are of genuine interest and that you believe you are qualified for. Have a solid, clear and detailed reason for applying.
We hope these points are helpful.
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