Why Aren’t You Getting Hired?

Everyone knows how draining it is, spending hours on end filling in long application forms, finally receiving an interview date, prepping for the big day, giving it your all during the interviewing process, and then… nothing!

Why do you never hear back from these companies? Is it something you are doing wrong every time?

It could well be your interviewing technique, so why not have a read, and take on these handy little tips, which may be the difference between getting hired and not!


  1. Dressing Inappropriately

First impressions are crucial. If you rock up to an interview in your scruffs, it will scream ‘I don’t care’ to the interviewer. After all, if you don’t care, the interviewer won’t care! Make sure you dress according to the job role. More often than not, this is formal attire.


  1. Arriving too late, or too early!

Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the location. Arriving late shows you are not fussed about the interview. If you are going to be late, simply call up the interviewer and give an estimate time of your arrival time. On the flipside, arriving too early can be irritating for the interviewer, as this can often disrupt their own schedule.


  1. Bad handshake/negative body language

You want to sell yourself, ensure you have regular eye contact, and come across confident, but not too cocky. If you come across as though you don’t want the job, it’s very difficult for an interviewer to be convinced!


  1. Using your phone/bringing a drink with you

You want to look professional. I’m sure you can survive a couple of hours without your mobile! You should be focussed on the task in hand, not preoccupied with a coffee or a text from your pal.


  1. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Make sure you bring a copy of your CV, and ensure that you know your CV inside and out. Ensure you are confident in talking about your previous employment history-Don’t glaze over important detail, equally don’t spend hours discussing one point. Find a happy medium. Prepare by doing your research:

  • Common interview questions
  • Research the job role
  • Research the company
  • Research the interviewers


  1. Not being yourself

The interviewer will employ you based upon how you come across. If you aren’t yourself, they are employing you under false impressions


  1. Talking too fast

It’s natural to be nervous when attending an interview, but make sure you try to articulate your responses well, and use relaxation techniques to unnerve you before the interview if you think your stress will be detrimental to your performance. If you don’t understand a question, then ask for further clarification and take a moment to process the question and think about your answer. This is your time to shine!


  1. Bad-mouthing previous employers

This may give the impression that you are hard to work with!


  1. Failing to take the opportunity to ask questions

Remember, the interview is a two-way process. Listen, pay attention and absorb what the interviewer is saying but remember to ask specific questions that show you have researched the company in detail.


  1. Failing to follow up

To stand out from the crowds, send your thanks to each person who interviewed you and the external recruiter if there is one. Remember to ask what the next step is in the hiring process.


If you don’t hear back, it really isn’t the end of the world. There will be plenty more job opportunities out there that are probably much more suited to you as an individual.

Best of luck!

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