6 Common Reasons Why Employers Turn You Down Written by Alan Carniol
Link to article: https://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/6-common-reasons-why-employers-turn-you-down.php
Gone are the days when getting a job was simple. Nowadays, a job seeker has to go through a number of hurdles just to get an interview. Even then, there are still a lot of obstacles that you have to overcome. With the stress that comes with an interview, you are bound to make a mistake if you don’t plan properly.
To make sure that you don’t waste all of your efforts, it will help you to know these six common reasons that employers turn people down for jobs.
Inappropriate attire – While dressing well is just one factor among many, it certainly will give you a better chance. Looking the part will give an employer the impression that you are serious and know why you are there. It can also give you added boost of confidence, knowing that you already look the part.
Not looking interested – Your answers may be good, but you don’t sound and look convincing. Everything in you should show that you want the job—from your look, facial expression, body language, and tone—to convince an employer that you’re really interested.
No confidence – You’re uncomfortable making eye contact, smiling, standing straight, and giving a handshake, which is why your interviews are going south. Having and showing confidence is something that many employers look for, especially in a position where you have to represent the company.
Talking negatively about a previous employer – We all have had bad experiences with our bosses, but this part of our lives should be kept private, especially in an interview. No employer wants to hear an applicant say bad things about their last boss when you can do the same to them.
Giving in to your temptation – Gadgets are a major part of our daily lives today, and taking your hands off of them can be a little hard, especially when you want to make one last quick text or call. But even though you might want to do that, it’s better to leave it turned off—or better yet, leave it in the car, where you can’t reach for it.
No concrete examples – You believe that you are the most organized and smartest person among your competition, and maybe it’s true, but even that won’t be enough if you can’t give quantifiable examples of what you know and what you can do.
Getting an interview is a big deal; it’s a step closer to getting the job you want. If you don’t want your efforts to go to waste, you need to make sure that you don’t make any of those six mistakes.
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8 things to remember before and after you step foot in the lobby for an interview
- The day before
Yes, I know it is a hassle, but take the time to drive by the location the day before your interview. It will make you feel much more relaxed when navigating to the location. The last thing you need the day of the interview is to get lost and arrive stressed out. This does not set a good tone for the day!
Arrive at the building 20 to 30 minutes early to review your notes, but do not go in until 5 to 10 minutes before the interview (depending on building security). You do not want to throw the interviewer off. They have a schedule too and they may be taking that time to prepare for you!
3. Pre-Interview Jitters?
Before you even walk into the lobby, wash your hands with cold water if you tend to have sweaty palms! Also, give yourself a little pep talk and walk in with confidence.
4. Cell Phone
I can’t believe I even have to say this, but do not play on your cell phone! It does not make a good impression to be playing candy crush on your phone, when the manager walks out to come greet you. Another option is just to leave your phone in your car. This way you can’t be distracted by it
Greet the receptionist and please be nice. Believe it or not this person could hinder your ability to get the job! They will be the first person to speak up if you are rude.
Sit up tall and with confidence. Look up and around. Smile at the people walking by. You will be making a great first impression with several people without formally meeting them!
7/ Double check
One more time! Yes, please make sure your phone is off. Yes, completely off. I know you didn’t leave it in the car. You do not want to risk the phone ringing or even vibrating in the interview. The world will not come to an end if you cannot be reached for an hour.
Have your portfolio with your resume, notes and prepared questions organized and ready to go. Please make sure the portfolio is appropriate for a professional interview!
Diane Delgado LeMaire, Creative Financial Staffing, Senior Managing Director, Executive Search & Branch Manager
Is it OK to Bend the Truth in Your Resume? By Sophie Deering Via www.theundercoverrecruiter.com/
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Bending the truth in your resume can be a double-edged sword. It may help you get the job you apply for, while getting caught bending the truth can come back to bite you years later. Depending on the truth you bend, you might cause legal issues for yourself, especially if you are bidding for a project as a contractor.
It’s sometimes a temptation to exaggerate your experience or give your job title a slight upgrade, but I suggest you think twice before “embellishing” your skills or experience, or you may find yourself looking over your shoulder for years to come.
Background checks are common practice when making hiring decisions, so it is likely that you will be caught out, and it’s foolish to put the effort into applying for a job and going on job interviews, just to lose out because you’ve been dishonest to try and make your resume look more impressive.
Fake it ‘til you make it:
What’s wrong with this strategy? If you are experienced and knowledgeable and you just need a little boost to your confidence to help you get your dream job, you are not really faking anything. This strategy may actually benefit you as it gives you confidence and motivation to move forward. However, if you are really faking your qualification and knowledge when, in reality, you have little or no capability or experience to back up the way you represent yourself on your resume, this will not end well. You will come across as disingenuous and deceitful, and will likely shoot yourself in the foot.
Leave out certain information:
Although you never want to outright lie on your resume, you do want to present yourself in a favorable light. This could mean leaving certain information out. If you are applying for a technical position and you have worked as a shelf stocker at a grocery store, you don’t have to include this in your resume. Doing so will just waste valuable space on your resume that you can use to elaborate on the achievements you had at the relevant jobs.
In addition, sometimes you may want to leave out information that make you seem overqualified for the job you are applying for. The bottom line is you want to leave out information, no matter how impressive, that makes you look like the wrong candidate for the position.
Don’t exaggerate your position:
While you might have done more than your position required and think that you deserve a more senior position, you don’t want to lie about your position. For example, you worked as an intern at a company but worked as hard as your manager. You can’t change your job title from intern to manager on your resume. You can still explain your achievements at the job and demonstrate to your prospective employers that you are a hardworking candidate.
Sometimes it is tempting to stretch the truth a little on your resume. However, if you don’t want to be worried about someone in Human Resource decides to audit their files, don’t lie on your resume.
Get the job without lying:
If you are well-qualified and your skills are in demand, it’s likely you will be able to overcome some obstacles to the land the job you want. Referrals are a good way of boosting your chances of getting hired, even if you do not fit the exact criteria for the role, as a good recommendation goes a long way; so do your best to impress anyone who has influence over the hiring decisions.
If the job you want requires a degree, instead of fabricating one and risking getting caught out, look into how you can actually attain one. There are lots of options available for working professionals to study from home, so why not take up a course in your free time?
10 common sense interview tips too many people flub Via Careerbuilder
EVER BEEN GUILTY OF BREAKING ONE OF THESE SUGGESTIONS? STEP UP YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS AND CHECK OUT THESE TIPS.
When we refer to something as being “common sense,” we usually mean that it is something we think everyone should know. Often, though, it turns out that what may seem like common sense to one person isn’t always so to someone else. For example: Veterinarians spend their days around animals, so they might consider it common knowledge that cats sleep about 18 hours per day; hence the reason your vet seems so amused when you bring Muffin in for a checkup, concerned about her inability to stay awake. Similarly, because human-resources professionals constantly screen and interview candidates, what may seem like a common-sense interview tip to them might not have crossed a job seeker’s mind. Following are “common-sense” interview tips straight from the experts’ mouths.
1. Be presentable
Wear a suit that fits, and don’t cut corners when it comes to ironing or dry-cleaning, says Monique Honaman, CEO of leadership development company ISHR Group. “I knew one guy who was in such a rush the day of his interview that he only ironed the front of his shirt. Later, during the course of his interview day, it was hot and he was encouraged to remove his jacket and get more comfortable and it was clear that he had cut corners and only ironed the front! He was very embarrassed,” Honaman says. Also, while you should always wear deodorant, try to avoid perfumes and colognes. You never know who will be allergic or just downright averse to your scent. “A hiring manager once told me a story of how he didn’t select an incredibly well-qualified candidate for a role because she wore the same perfume as his ex-wife,” says Danielle Beauparlant Moser, a career coach with Blended Learning Team. “He said she walked in the room and his only thought was how to get her out of his office as quickly as possible.”
2. Don’t be too early
While you should always arrive at your interview a few minutes early, try not get there more than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time, advises Ben Yeargin, a manager at Spherion Staffing. “[Arriving early] will lead to anxiety on the candidate’s part because they have to sit and wait for an extended period of time, and it will lead to frustration on the hiring manager’s part because they will feel rushed with the project that they are trying to accomplish prior to the interview,” he says. If you find yourself getting to the building earlier than you thought, wait in your car or take a walk around the block until it’s closer to your interview time.
3. Know whom you’re meeting with
“Know the name of the interviewer so that you can ask for that person at the receptionist’s desk,” advises Cheryl Palmer, president of Call to Career, an executive coaching firm. “It’s embarrassing when the receptionist asks, ‘Who are you here to see?’ and you can’t remember. Have this information either in your head or write yourself a note that you refer to prior to arriving in the waiting area,” Palmer says.
4. Remember: You are being interviewed as soon as you walk in the door
“Most people would never think of the receptionist as being an interviewer, but it’s true,” Palmer says. “It’s fairly common that the receptionist will report back to the hiring manager how candidates behaved in the waiting area. Don’t be remembered as the one who ate all the candy out of the candy dish or spoke disrespectfully to the receptionist.”
5. Make proper eye contact “One of the most obvious mistakes interviewees make is with eye contact, and it costs a lot of people a lot of jobs,” says Barry Maher, who owns a California-based career coaching firm. “Eye contact is simple,” he says. “Any given eye contact should last about five seconds at a time. And if there’s one interviewer, make eye contact with him or her about 40 to 60 percent of the time. More than 60 percent is intimidating. Less than 40 percent comes off as shifty and perhaps insincere, even dishonest.”
6. Eat before the interview, not during it
Duh? Not according to Yeargin, who has experienced interview-snacking firsthand. “I was in an interview, no more than 10 minutes into it, and I got called out for two minutes to answer a question,” he says. “When I returned, the applicant was eating some sort of granola or other snack bar. Needless to say that individual did not get a job with my company.” No matter what the candy bar ads have to say, your hunger can wait.
7. Make sure that what you do eat beforehand does not involve onion or garlic
You want to be remembered for your professionalism and outstanding skills, not for what you ate for lunch. Advises Palmer, “Don’t eat anything that has a strong odor before the interview.”
8. Don’t look at your watch
Block at least two hours of time for the interview, says Cindy Loftus, co-owner of Loftus O’Meara Staffing. Loftus also advises keeping your schedule relatively clear on the day of the interview, to avoid feeling the need to rush. “Don’t create distractions to your interview,” she says.
9. Tell the interviewer you are interested
Don’t forget to tell the recruiter you want the job. “If you truly feel the position is a fit, let them know and tell them you would like to get to the next round of interviews, and be prepared to tell them why,” Loftus says.
10. Get business cards from your interviewers — and use them
“Ask for the business cards of all of the interviewers that you have met and make sure you take a second or two to read their card,” Loftus says. This will not only be helpful in remembering each person you met with, but will make it easier to send proper thank-you notes and follow up e-mails, which should always be done within 24 hours of leaving the interview.