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Top 10 reasons for not being successful at interview

Top 10 reasons for not being successful at interview

almost 4 years ago by Elizabeth Deans

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We all know that horrible feeling when hearing the words 'unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in the aftermath of an interview, but did you know the top 10 reasons why people don't secure a job? Neil Tovey explains below:

  1. Not doing your homework on the company – All companies like to know you are not only keen on getting a new job, but are genuinely looking for a job with them. Almost all companies will ask you “what do you know about us?” and they want to see you know what they do and hear that you want to be part of that.
  2. Being to vague – Most interviews will involve some competency questions (“can you do?” Or “give me an example of a time when?”) a lot of people will say they can do things, but don’t actually give the actual examples of what they did and how to prove it.
  3. Not dressing appropriately – First impressions are so important and show you are taking the role and opportunity seriously.
  4. Using inappropriate language – This one really shouldn’t need to be said. And yet… As well as the obvious, companies also don’t like too many acronyms used. An interviewer wants to clearly understand what you have done. Don’t lose them in jargon.
  5. Lack of consistency throughout the process – All too often we will discuss with a candidate their requirements (salary, working hours, package etc.) and companies will discuss this before interview. They don’t then, during an interview, want to hear a candidate add £5,000-£10,000 to their expectations.
  6. Talking down former employers – Whether you have had a good or bad experience with your former employers, it is best not to talk them down too much, or the interviewer will start to wonder what would they say about us
  7. Talk to much / go off on tangents – Stick to the script. As well as wanting a clear answer to their question, interviewers are also looking at whether they could work with you. Not giving easy to follow answers and avoiding questions can call this into question.
  8. Turn up late – Again first impressions are important. Whether this is the case or not it gives the impression of a lack of preparation. Also it puts you on the back foot, and there is nothing worse than doing an interview when you are already flustered.     
  9. Not giving yourself the credit you deserve – Employers want to know what your involvement in projects was, yet so many of us answer questions with “we” or “the team”. This makes it unclear how big a part you have actually played and may be underselling you. Make sure they know what your part was.
  10. Not knowing your CV – Make sure you know what is on your CV and that it is accurate. Honesty is the best policy. There is always the temptation to add things you think an employer wants to hear, but if this has been over played or is not entirely accurate then employers will ask questions and you can look less knowledgeable than you would like.

The best way you can help to secure a new role and get that offer, is simply passion. If the employer can see you are engaged in the interview, trying to answer their questions and are passionate about the company and role, then that is half the battle won!