Interview Tips - Not Hired?

You were interviewed for available jobs and you were not hired.

When 153 American companies were asked to list the reasons why they rejected applicants who were interviewed for available jobs. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS and CHARACTERISTICS were the major factors.

Only two of the 40 reasons listed are related to educational and/or technical competence.

  1. Poor personal appearance - check the international dress codes.

  2. Overbearing attitude - conceited, arrogant, 'superiority complex'.

  3. Inability to express oneself clearly - poor voice, diction or grammar. Check - how to talk effectively.

  4. Lack of clear career goals.

  5. Lack of interest or enthusiasm - passive, indifferent attitude.

  6. Lack of confidence and pose - very ill at ease or overlay nervous.

  7. Overemphasis of money - interested on it best salary. Check - salary negotiation.

  8. Poor scholastic record.

  9. Unwillingness to start at bottom - expects too much too soon.

  10. Evasive - makes excuses, hedges about unfavorable information, avoids answer.

  11. Lack of diplomacy or tact.

  12. Lack of maturity.

  13. Lack of courtesy - ill mannered.

  14. Condemnation of previous employers.

  15. Poor attitude about school.

  16. Lack of vitality - no spark.

  17. Failure to look the interviewer in the eye.

  18. Limp, fish hand shake.

  19. Inability to relate skills and experience to position applied for.

  20. Sloppy application form or resume outdated.

  21. Lack of genuine interest in position - merely shopping around, just want job.

  22. Lack of commitment - wants the job only for a short time.

  23. Little sense of humor.

  24. Lack of knowledge of field of specialization.

  25. Lack of research into company and/or industry.

  26. Emphasis on whom s/he knows.

  27. Unwillingness to be mobile.

  28. Negative or cynical attitude.

  29. Laziness.

  30. Lack of tolerance - strong prejudices.

  31. Narrow interests.

  32. Poor handling of personal finances.

  33. Obvious personal problems.

  34. Failure to ask appropriate questions about the job or company.

  35. No interest in community activities.

  36. Inability to accept criticism.

  37. Lack of appreciation for the value of experience.

  38. Radical ideas.

  39. Late to interview without good reason.

  40. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time - no thank you or handshake.

art_remember Interview Tips-Not HiredAlways ask questions because this demonstrates your prior research and interest in the job, except questions about salary or benefits unless the interviewer broaches the subject first

art_tip Job Interview Tips-Not HiredDo not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for and maintain eye contact while talking with someone

Other Job Interview Tips Info

Hopefully you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:

This will probably be your first direct contact with the company and will give you an insight into it's workings and the chance to meet with it's personnel to see if it is a place that you would like to work.

Whilst interviews can be nerve wracking experiences, you should remember that the interviewer is only human and it is possible that s/he is nervous also.

The job interviews are your chance to back up in person everything that the employer has read about you in your CV, Curriculum Vitae, resume, cover letter or job application.

These same keywords you used in your resume, CV or cover letter will be the foundation for your job interview. You must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

If you are prepared for the job interview, dress and behave as in dress codes, you will be able to promote your qualifications effectively as you respond to questions, particularly about yourself, why you want the job and what you can contribute to the company

Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

Good luck with your job interview tips and get hired.


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