By Kibet Tobias
“My name is Dan. I am an accounting graduate with 3 years’ experience. Since I lost my first job, I have attended six interviews but each time I come out a loser.
I am yet to know where my problem lies since I feel that I have all the qualifications for someone with my experience. I’m really disappointed with the regret emails after every interview.”
It has been two weeks or one month now since your last job interview. You have started feeling the pinch of rejection. You wonder if they already hired someone for the job. Did I fail the interview? Should I call to find out if they made a decision? But there is no one to give you answers.
Most candidates want employers to be more transparent in the selection process. You want to receive feedback for every single job you apply for, whether positive or negative. But not all employers will call you back informing you that you failed a job interview. In fact, only a few will do, and on most occasions, they won’t go into details about the reasons why.
Don’t worry anymore. This article today is necessary for you. It will take you through the reasons you failed your last job interview and what you can do to change your situation in the next one.
Here’s Why You Failed Your Last Job Interview
1. You mentioned all your previous job problems
You may feel like your previous or current job is the worst place anyone can ever wish to be. But potential employers do not need to know this actually.
Perhaps you may have felt overworked and underpaid, your salaries may not have been paid on time, but mentioning this will only ruin your chances.
So it is always good not to speak ill of them. Remember if you are already doing it in the interview, your potential employer will imagine the damage you can do if you get hired in the future.
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2. Lack of knowledge about the company
One of the most common questions asked by an interviewer is “what do know about the company?”
But when asked, most of the interviewees are unable to answer this appropriately. Probably you didn’t take time to research the company.
To avoid this, check for background information including company history, locations, vision and mission statements. They are available in an “About Us” section on most company websites.
Review it ahead of time and memorize the key points.
3. You didn’t Research the Possible Interview Questions
Every role has common interview questions asked during an interview. This means that you should use your time well by researching on them.
Once you know the possible questions, find out the most appropriate questions and practice your answers.
4. Unnecessary nervousness dominated the interview
Sometimes nervousness is good, but it becomes dangerous when it dominates your mind especially in an interview.
Potential employers want to see a confident person who is interested in the role and determined to get it.
So think back to your last job interview. You’re in the hot seat. Were your palms sweaty? Was your voice shaky? Maybe you were talking too fast that your mouth went dry. Did you keep looking at your watch like you had somewhere else to be? Did you forget to make eye contact?
You may even encounter questions that seem intrusive or insulting to your profession, but consider putting yourself in the interviewer’s shoe’s and respond calmly and avoid getting defensive.
Knowing and understanding why you failed a job interview is usually the first step towards getting better at your next one. So this article is timely for you.
You can contact a professional interview coach today and let them tell you why you failed the interview and the steps you can take to improve your situation immediately.
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