(Interview Tips) Top 10 Reasons For Failure in Interviews
REASONS FOR FAILURE IN INTERVIEW
Poor attitude : Many candidates come across as arrogant.
While employers can afford to be self-centered, candidates cannot.
Appearance : Many candidates do not consider their
appearance as much as they should. First impressions are quickly made in the
first three to five minutes.
Lack of research : It’s obvious when candidates haven’t
learned about the job, company or industry prior to the interview. Visit the
library or use the Internet to research the company, then talk with friends,
peers and other professionals about the opportunity before each meeting.
Not having questions to ask : Asking questions shows your
interest in the company and the position. Prepare a list of intelligent
questions in advance.
Not readily knowing the answers to interviewers’ questions : Anticipate
and rehearse answers to tough questions about your background, such as
recent termination or an employment gap. Practicing with your spouse or a
friend before the interview will help you to frame intelligent responses.
Relying too much on resumes : Employees hire people, not paper.
Although a resume can list qualifications and skills, it’s the interview
dialogue that will portray you as a committed, responsive team player.
Too much humility : Being conditioned not to brag, candidates are
sometimes reluctant to describe their accomplishments. Explaining how you
reach difficult or impressive goals helps portray you as a committed,
responsive team player.
Not relating skills to employers’ needs : A list of sterling
accomplishments means little if you can’t relate them to a company’s
requirements. Reiterate your skills and convince the employer that you can
“do the same for them”.
Handling salary issues ineptly : Candidates often ask about
salary and benefit packages too early. If they believe an employer is
interested, they may demand inappropriate amounts and price themselves out
of the jobs. Candidates who ask for too little undervalue themselves or
Lack of career direction : Job hunters who aren’t clear about
their career goals often can’t spot or commit to appropriate opportunities.
Not knowing what you want wastes everybody’s time.
Job shopping : Some applicants, particularly those in certain
high-tech, sales and marketing fields, will admit they’re just “shopping”
for opportunities and have little intention of changing jobs. This wastes
time and leaves a bad impression with employers they may need to contact in