I just don't get it?!! Why didn't I get called back? I thought I interviewed great! What do you mean "We decided to go another direction"?
Have you ever heard these words or thought these thoughts? If you haven't, you are one of the few. Interviewing for a job is tough. It is frustrating. It can be a long process. You develop a rapport with your recruiter. When you get the call, or even worse the "no call", it is hard not to get down.
So the question is "How can YOU avoid these things?". Truth is, sometimes you can't. Sometimes there is already a candidate in mind before you even submit your resume. That being said, there are some things you can do to HELP YOURSELF from being eliminated and at least getting to the second round of interviews.
Getting an interview, is half the battle. The other half, is getting to the second round of interviews and progress through the process. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. Here are 8 things that WILL get you eliminated from consideration.
1) Not Doing Research on the Company and the Role We have all done it. Let me say as a recruiter, though, it is extremely frustrating when you haven't done your homework. Look up the company on the internet. Get a good understand what they do. Know the key executives. Know the financials. Be able to articulate how you could help.
2) Not Acting Enthused About The Role Have your morning cup of coffee and your notepad. Take notes & listen. Genuinely be interested in what role the person is talking to you about. Remember they are taking time out of their day to talk to YOU. Give them a level of respect!
3) Coming Across Abrasive or Overconfident Recruiters truly don't care how great awesome you are. We are looking for culture fit. We are looking at a lot of intangibles. If you come across abrasive and the know it all, it is a huge turnoff! It is okay to show what you know, but don't do it in a way that comes across as someone that would have difficulty working with others. Be humble.
4) Not Being Able to Do the Skills on Your Resume There are now Sourcers in recruiting for this exact reason. Don't say you can program and code Java on your resume if you can't! Don't say you have been in outside sales for 15 years when you have gone on 3 meetings with an outside sales person and you are an TRULY an inside sales person.
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