You thought the interview was successful. You answered all questions and it seemed as though you were the ideal candidate. "I’m sure I’ve got this one!" – you were thinking to yourself. But you received a call from the hiring manager, and it turned out you didn’t.
What went wrong? We will try to find an answer to this question.
1. You were not prepared
Be honest - have you visited the website, researched information about the company, profiles on social media? Unfortunately, some people come to an interview not knowing what position and company they are interviewing for. No one expects you to have an in-depth knowledge of the internal structure, but knowledge about products/services and familiarisation with the website should be an absolute minimum.
Even if the rest of the conversation goes very well, you may not be successful due to a lack of knowledge about the company.
2. You did not say enough, or you spoke too much
Balanced, concise and relevant answers are key to success. Not everyone is eloquent and has rapport building skills, we are aware of that. However, it’s good to remember that recruiters don’t know you, and something that is obvious to you, may not be obvious to them. Don’t forget to mention everything that is important to you, brag about successes and superior results. Be yourself as not only experience but also personality traits are considered during the selection process.
On the other hand, there are candidates who don’t know when to stop talking… Always listen to the questions asked and keep your answers relevant to the subject. Don’t over talk and never interrupt the interviewer.
3. There were better candidates
Maybe the conversation really went well and you met all the requirements, but someone else presented themselves even better and was a perfect fit for the job profile and team environment.
If you feel that you have done well and do not understand the rejection, you can always ask the recruiter for feedback on the reasons for the rejection. You may get valuable information that will help you to prepare better for your next interview.
4. You are too good
Sounds unreal? Yet sometimes companies look for candidates with less work experience, e.g. for a junior position. If your professional experience indicates that you are an independent specialist this will raise concerns whether you will get bored, that you won’t be challenged, and you will start looking for a new job in a short time.
5. You do not exist on social media
Are you disgusted with Facebook, Instagram and even (hopefully not) Linkedin? You should probably think twice! In the era of social media, employers and recruiters tend to research potential employees online.
Is the information on each social media profile coherent? What does the candidate like to do in their free time? Is he really interested in what he talked about at the first interview? These types of questions appear in the head of a recruiter and social media responds to them very quickly.
What if you don’t have an online presence? This will definitely raise a few questions: do you have something to hide? Are there any skeletons in your closet?
Of course, you don’t to be on every portal, but it's worth thinking about Linkedin. Especially when you are on a hunt for a new role.
6. Lack of determination or negative attitude
My colleagues always talk about candidates who really impress with their experience but lack energy and motivation. Is this candidate determined enough? Will they give their 100% and exceed expectations? If you apply for roles that correlate with your interests, experience and professional profile, you should avoid these questions. Not only knowledge but also attitude and genuine interest in the potential employer are extremely important.
We are looking for people with passion and we are mainly interested in those who have high aspirations and career goals. Your success during the interview process will consist of many factors - skills, experience, attitude, determination but also rapport building skills and approach to the conversation.
With this in mind, the next time you have an interview, go beyond smiling and showing enthusiasm for the company and show some of your personality and enthusiasm for your own interests and aspirations.