You have prepared for your interview for days or even weeks by taking every aptitude test known to man. You have even bought a new suit to wear for your interview. Finally, the day is here, and you feel you are going to ace this interview.
So you go into the interview and according to you, it goes pretty well. The interviewers tell you that they will be in touch. After a couple of weeks, you start to realize that you might not get that call. Since everything is on social media nowadays, you search the company’s recent social media activity and you see a message welcoming the new manager for the position you interviewed for.
Such an experience can be crushing, but it happens more often that you know. The following are 7 possible scenarios that probably cost you that job. Learn from them, shake off the unpleasant effects of not getting your dream job, and use them to ensure you do better on your next interview.
- The Interviewers Did Not Think You Would Fit into the Company’s Culture: Interviewers don’t just look for skills. You could be very skilled and have everything they are looking for on paper, but fall short in ‘soft’ aspects. Perhaps after considering your application, they didn’t think you would gel well with their clientele.
Before you apply for your next position, research the company and read widely about its ‘culture’.
- You Were Overenthusiastic: Most companies are looking for employees who will approach their job with enthusiasm. But overenthusiasm in the interview room can cost you a position. The key to interviewing successfully is to stay calm, breathe evenly, listen keenly, think about the questions asked and then answer clearly and concisely to the best of your ability.
- You Appeared Desperate: Yes, things are really tough for you; deep down, you know that you need this job badly because you are down to your last cent. The worst thing you could do is appear to really need the job or look as though this interview is the best news you have received in months. Push all your problems aside for a moment and the interviewer won’t sense your desperation.
- Your Lack Basic Skills: Whereas you’ll be given on-the-job training, the interviewer expects that you should be proficient in certain skills. For instance, if you don’t know how to use a computer, no one will consider you for an interview.
- You Act As Though the Company Owes You: If you graduated with honors from an extremely prestigious university, your interviewers will be impressed, but don’t get cocky because of this. Most employees have to start off at entry level and work their way up. Focus on getting into the company and then prove that you deserve more than what you are getting.
- You Are Good At What You Do, But You Are Not The Best: You could be really good at what you do but maybe the candidate who got the job has a critical skill that you don’t have. It’s always good to call the interviewer for objective feedback as this will allow you to adjust your strategy for your next interview.
- The Job Just Wasn’t Meant For You: You might want a certain job but it might not be the right one for you. There’s a job out there for you; all you need to do is keep applying for every position you think is the right fit and sooner than later, you will get your dream job.
If you can identify with any of the above interview mistakes, invest your time into correcting them before your next interview.