Most people are familiar with the disappointment that comes with not getting the anticipated call for the next round of interviews; or worse, not getting the job offer at all even after successfully making it through 2 rounds of interviews. The lingering question is: What went wrong?
Finding the answer to this question is much harder when you’re creating your interview opportunities. The majority of hiring managers won’t be candid about why you didn’t get the job offer, but if you’re working with a recruiting firm, you are more than likely going to get concrete reasons as to why you did not land the position.
Unfortunately, feelings of disappointment and embarrassment can supersede many candidate's desire to seek the answer to the question. Below are some reasons that have the potential to keep you away from your next offer.
Two reasons why you didn't get the job offer you wanted
It is never a good thing to be late for an interview. Even the most legitimate excuse is often not going to give you a pass. Remember first impressions are lasting ones. Running late will put you at a disadvantage before the interview even starts.Here are some tips to keep you timely.
a) If you’re unfamiliar with the area drive the route the night before. Don't rely solely on navigation systems.
b) Ensure that you know exactly how to get there, how long it will take, and where you should park.
c) Find out what the company dress code is and then plan and prepare what you will wear to your interview the night before.
Evaluating communications skills is a standard interview metric, verbal and non-verbal. Be warned - don’t underestimate the importance of non-verbal communication.
Be sure to have eye contact when engaging in conversation with the interviewer. If more than one person is interviewing you, make sure to interact with all of the interviewers. An occasional smile from time to time goes a long way, it will help to relax you (if you're nervous) and it shows a friendly disposition. Remember to refrain from slouching or sitting too casually during the interview; it’s not a good impression.
Our minds are always in motion thinking of the next thing we have to do, your interview is not the time for that. Remain engaged in the conversation.
a) Be attentive.
b) Make sure your answers are within the context of the questions being asked.
c) Be consistent with prior answers to similar questions.
Be actively involved throughout the interview and have meaningful questions to ask. It’s perfectly fine to have a few questions jotted down to ask the hiring manager at the appropriate time. Some people take down a few notes during the interview, and I personally try to avoid note-taking in an interview. Should feel inclined to take down notes, ask the interviewer if they don’t mind. Remember it’s the perception of the hiring manager that counts.Now let's look at some things you can do to help you get that job offer!
Be proactive about that job opportunity
Know why you want the position
Research the company ahead of time, do not decide to spend the hour before your meeting researching the company. Off-the-cuff research is not likely to work. Spend a few days before your interview to get to know the company you’re interviewing with.
Come prepared with a great resumeThere are many tips on how to craft a great resume. Check out a few of our other blogs on how to create a powerful resume complete with a cover letter and a great list of references!
Have specific about why you want to work for the company you’re interviewing with
Be specific with your response, and make sure your answers tie into the company’s philosophy, mission, service, company culture, etc. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to get the job offer.
We recommend all interviewees who don’t get the final offer make it a point to follow up and find out why. Any information gained can be applied to the next interview opportunity. You may discover some of the reasons have nothing to do with your talent, ability, or personality. Sometimes, companies decide to move in a different direction, hire from within, or put positions on hold, which is also valuable information to know.