Why You Didn’t Get Another Interview

Posted Friday, October 12, 2012

We have all been witness to lots of successful and unsuccessful job searches.

This is probably the worst job market for new graduates and career changers in the last 24 years. Because most of us work in “lean” conditions, with more work on our plates than can be covered in the normal work day, employers and HR representatives and search teams are using as many criteria as possible to efficiently sift through the stacks of resumes received for each opening.

And even at the interview stage, they will likely see five or 10 highly qualified individuals which must be whittled down to two or three finalists. For those of you currently seeking a new position, below is some feedback we have collected over the years as to why a candidate was not selected.

  • Candidate's hair was too wild
  • Unibrow
  • Candidate was not wearing a proper business suit
  • Candidate did not network with anyone in the company/division/group prior to the interview
  • Candidate had a typo in his cover letter
  • Cover letter could have been written for any other job at any other organization
  • Bad breath
  • Too much perfume/cologne
  • Candidate had no questions for us
  • Candidate had not done any research/hadn’t read my book
  • No follow-up or thank you notes sent after interview
  • Candidate yawned during dinner

Note that none of this has to do with qualifications or fit or interest. Remember, we all get rejected at one time or another – so please stay positive and try not to take it personally!

We hope you find this material helpful as you consider your strategy and approach to searching for a job.
 

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nelson13482 03/09/13 5:12 AM

Its true said that "First impression is last impression". You should get properly ready with good appearance while going for an interview. The main thing is very important to have eye to eye contact with and give fluent answers of every question. A round of applause for Dr. Susan Gilbert for this lovely gift article and nice information. thanks once again for this post and allow me to write my words.

Interview training Newcastle 02/28/13 4:44 AM

I have found this blog very interesting and informative about sharing such a nice tips that helps to get change about interview process.

Chris Bombilla Led 01/28/13 4:52 AM

A good appearance is very important when trying to get a job. I found it funny your comment about the typographical error in the letter. Presumably, if someone makes a presentation letter must be well written. It's very low percentage of ten candidates, only two or three remaining finalists. Thanks for the article, it's fun to read. Chris.

Jessica Figura Nacar 12/17/12 6:52 AM

It is always important to look good when an interview. The two times that I've had an interview, eye contact has favored me. For me the most valuable is a good introduction to other previous work. Although the worst part is that there are too few jobs for too many opponents. A very interesting article. Thanks.

anonymous 11/09/12 9:57 AM

Really, you wouldn't hire someone because of a handshake or eye contact. All reasons listed above is the reason why people should work for themselves. It's disgusting how picky employers are, then they still treat employees like crap. FYI- its a job not a social club, the only reason I need the job is to pay the bills not to make friends or to examine your eyes. That's why the workforce is screwed up now because people changed it to be something more than a way to pay for necessities. Employers use it for showboating their success and mistreating people and everyone else thinks its a place to meet your future spouse, future shopping buddy or future golf buddy.

Michael Williams 10/17/12 3:45 PM

Eye contact is a key component of a successful interview. Like other elements of the interview process, eye contact can be used strategically to draw interviewer’s attention, punctuate specifically textural points, and encourage or discourage different venues of engagement. There are theories and models of eye contact and movement that can enable interviewers and interviewees to extract more precise data from interviewing. For consideration, I’ve attached two (2) resources: 1. Chicago Tribune - November 2011 Eye contact worth watching in job interviews http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/jobs/chi-eye-contact-job-interview-20111107,0,1471815.story 2. NLP Eye Patterns - Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0aqkDkNeqw&feature=related

Chris Pantoya 10/17/12 11:24 AM

Networking is probably the most important part of a job search. I know that when I have open positions I always ask my top performers if they have someone they can recommend. I generally get at least one person from my team that I eventually hire. So, people need to speak with friends, relatives, former associates, and classmates about potential opportunities. Also, seek out new places to meet people. Make sure to have business cards handy so you can readily exchange information. Having a business card is one of the best and easiest ways to create a positive and professional first impression.

Roxanne Globis 10/17/12 1:46 AM

As a hiring manager, I've experienced a lot of bad handshakes during interviews and it leaves a poor impression. A great handshake with eye contact and a smile shows an interviewer that they may just have met their new employee. Here is an interesting article on the subject http://www.thedailymind.com/how-to/the-perfect-handshake-how-to-shake-hands-like-jfk-and-make-an-impression/
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