Receiving thousands of job applications in a day is normal, taking into consideration the unemployment crisis.
However, in those many applications for a job that requires up to 3 years of experience, someone with no experience gets the job. And you can’t help but wonder why you were not picked for the job. You had the experience and qualifications required. So what happened?
Here are reasons somebody without experience got the job
1. The no-experience candidate didn’t bring any past employer burdens with them
When asked of all of the other candidates, “why they wanted to leave their current position”, those experienced answered with a long tale of despair.
Endless stories of why they were not appreciated underpaid or undervalued by their supervisor. While these reasons were important motivation for them to look for a new job, it doesn’t motivate a HR professional to hire you.
When candidates speak negatively of their current employer it often casts doubt on a candidate’s integrity as a potential employee.
2. The no-experience candidate was excited about what we do
On the other hand, because the experienced candidates had done the job before, they showed no interest or creativity.
While one can recognize that some of them could do the job very well and easily, it gives the impression that they would not be serious with the job.
Candidates should show passion for what they do and can do, tell us what new skills or insights that you could bring to the table.
3. The no-experience candidate was interested in more than just the salary
Often the first question I get in an interview is what the position is paying? While salary is important, none of our experienced candidates were interested in growing with our company.
In addition, they asked no questions about further training or educational opportunities within our company or learning more about the business.
4. The no-experience candidate asked questions
None of our experienced candidates asked any questions about the position, why it was open or even what we expect of our employees. Ask questions!! Show us that if we offer you position that you want to be successful here and fit into the culture.
This surely means that there is hope for candidates who look for jobs yet they have no experience.
Showing your full interest in the job as well as the willingness to grow will make an interviewer consider you.