Congratulations you have been successful in making it through an important part of the recruitment process, your resume and cover letter has led you to the interview stage.
If you have attended many interviews, but have had no job offers maybe it’s time to take a look at some of the reasons why.
Take a step back and look at your overall presentation, not just clothes, hair, nails. Think about what you carry your documents in and how they are arranged. If you actually have to do a ‘presentation’ make sure you have practiced and wow them with your professionalism.
Rapport with the interviewer
You are more likely to be hired if the interviewer likes you. Start researching the company and seeing what you can find out about them. You may find you have something in common. Remember, it’s important not to act too familiar, but be friendly.
Listen to everything your interviewer says; echoing your interviewer’s responses shows that you’ve listened and understood. Repeat some of their comments back to them, and show you approve of what they say.
Project your enthusiasm
Show your enthusiasm not only for the role, but about the company, your profession and the business sector. Show the interviewer you are keen to expand your skills by undertaking any further training.
No knowledge of the company
After conducting many interviews, no knowledge of company was one of my pet hates. It just shows if you can’t be bothered finding out about your prospective employer, you won’t make an effort in the role. Carrying out research via the internet is so simple, but ensure you don’t just look at their website, look for any recent business announcements. If you know someone who has worked for the company, contact them to find out more.
Failure to follow instructions
An interviewer may ask you to arrive early to fill out forms or require you to bring along certain documents or extra copies of same. If you haven’t followed the interviewer’s instructions, you’ve failed your first assignment.
Ensure you show commitment to staying on should you secure the role. Employers invest so much training and developing staff, so they will be looking to see if you are going to stay. Sometimes that old chestnut ‘Where do you want to be in 5 years?’ will come up. Ensure your answer is positive regarding the company and your progression.
Here are some other reasons you may not have made a good impression:
It’s important to recognise that many interviews are conducted back to back which means you must ensure you standout for all the right reasons.
Remember, sometimes someone may just not like you and there is nothing you can do about it, but ensure you do all the right things at interview so ‘it’s them, not you’.