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Didn’t get that second interview? This might be why

30 Jan
So, you showed up early, dressed appropriately, maintained eye-contact and gave a sturdy handshake – but you still didn’t get the job or even a follow-up interview. While it may feel disheartening to reflect on the seemingly ‘failed’ experience, this reflection task is highly essential to your growth as a candidate since it will prevent you from making the same mistakes twice. So why aren’t you securing that second interview?

You didn’t research the role or the company well enough

The hallmark of any good candidate includes showcasing an interest in the role and the company. By not conducting adequate research, you are setting yourself up for failure. You may be unable to answer basic questions that are essential to understanding and performing well in the role. Demonstrating your ability to research and retain information proves in advance your competency in the role, just as familiarity with the company’s visions and values reveals to the employer your eagerness to join the company. It’s always good practice to arrive at a job interview well-versed and thoroughly prepared.

You didn’t answer the questions properly

When your interviewer says, “tell me about yourself,” they often mean ‘tell me about yourself in relation to what makes you a good fit for this role.’ Always decode an interviewer’s question to find out which qualities they are asking you to demonstrate before constructing a response. It’s important to avoid reciting stereotypical responses. Some hiring managers prefer candidates to give a “unique perspective” rather than trying to seem similar to the interviewer. Other mistakes to avoid when answering the question include overtaking, misdirecting the question (always be relevant) and putting yourself down. If you don’t believe in yourself, the interviewer won’t do it on your behalf.

You didn’t ask substantial (or any) questions

Interviews are a two-way conversation — while you are trying to appear to be a good employee, an interviewer wants to come across as a good employer. They are asking you questions because they are seriously considering you for the role — if you want them to know you are serious about the job, you should also ask them relevant questions about your future in the role and about the company. Avoid asking too many closed (yes or no) questions as well as anything about the company that can easily be found on their website or with a little bit of research.

Asking interesting, killer questions that draw on your knowledge of the role and company not only shows the employer you are aware of your future responsibilities, but that you’re interested and invested in progressing with them.

You didn’t follow-up with them

Your actions at the end and after the interview can be as important as the interview itself. Did you ask your interviewer how soon will you hear if you have been successful? This is a great demonstration of your interest in the role. Did you thank them for their time? It can also be beneficial to send a follow-up e-mail thanking your interviewer for their time. It displays good manners and politeness, which markets you as a respectable candidate.

You didn’t impress them

A study from Glassdoor revealed that on average, each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes, of which only four to six will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job. So, if you secure an initial interview — even if you don’t get the job — you can rejoice knowing you are capable, and a recruiter sees the value in your skills.

The interview process is mainly about the interviewer figuring out if you and your skills/experience are a good match for the company and learning more about your character and work ethic. Two traits many hiring managers look for in a candidate include competency and warmth. The interview is your opportunity to really sell yourself and express these qualities to them. The best way to demonstrate your passion for this role and secure a job in this competitive job market is to go above and beyond what most other candidates will do — showcasing how much time and effort you have spent on preparation for the interview is extremely appealing to an employer who will notice your enthusiasm for the job.

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