Any time you’re invited for an interview, you expect to meet dozens of other job seekers who want the position you applied for. Since only a few applicants are picked up by the employer or recruiter, the process usually has every applicant putting their best foot forward.
If you have been passed over for a job after an interview, there’s either something the recruiter did not like about your presentation, or there were more qualified candidates.
If the issue why you didn’t get the job is because there were more qualified candidates, you should apply for positions you’re rightly qualified for.
If the recruiter or employer did not like your presentation, then you should possibly change your approach while being interviewed.
Truth is, employers, look for more than just your experience and qualification status. Through the interviewing process, the employer is also trying to access how well you would fit in at the position, and how well you would work with other employees.
However, if the employer feels you would not get along with other employees, they will most likely pass you over and pick another candidate.
If you have been called for an interview, it means the recruiter likes who you are on paper. Essentially, your CV is what the recruiter was looking for. That means you already have one foot in the door.
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The next bit –the interviewing process, is harder than the former. You have to prove you are what is stated on the CV.
Your hard skills are what is first viewed; do you have the necessary skills needed to perform the job? If you do not have these skills, you cannot be considered for the position.
While the recruiter is interviewing you, they will also look at how attentive you are, your response mechanism, and you general etiquette. While you may have the hard skills, if the interviewer does not feel connected to you, they will most likely not shortlist you.
Now, what exactly should you do to get on the interviewer’s good side?
While every interview is different, there are standard norms you can observe to appeal to them. These include;
Preparation – you shouldn’t ask the interviewer what the job entails, you ought to have read about the job description, qualifications, requirements, and done research about the company. If you show up to the interview unprepared, the interviewer will likely be dismissive.
Ability to communicate – Communication is an essential part of the interviewing process. If you cannot clearly communicate and expound parts of what’s listed on your CV, you are less likely to be selected for the job.
Enthusiasm – While an interview may elicit feelings of anxiety, you’re also expected to be enthused and hopeful at the prospect of getting the job. If you seem depressed or indifferent, the interviewer might interpret this as being disinterested in the position. If the job you have applied for is based on your passion or has growth potential that aligns with your career advancement goals, it’s easy to show interest.
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If you have been to several interviews but don’t end up getting the job, you need to review, how you conduct yourself in the interviewing room. You can also request an interview coach to help you through mock interviews. The coach will assess your mood, answers, and general demeanor. Afterward, you’ll be equipped with the necessary skills to smoothly attend and ace any interview.