The Top Three Reasons You May Have Blown the Interview
By Greg Simpson on February 26, 2013
If you’re getting calls for interviews but never getting an offer, you may be making some very basic mistakes. According to HR Managers and Recruiters, the most detrimental issues for candidates have the potential to arise during the interview process itself. What’s tripping up job seekers? In Better Hires, Better Business, LHH’s study on hiring trends, the research cites these top interviewing mistakes:
- Poor communication during the interview. While aptitude and attitude are important, how a candidate talks about himself and his experience is equally important. Job seekers need to project confidence while making a clear business case for hire.
- A lack of preparedness. Conducting thorough research on an organization and its industry are requirements in today’s competitive job market. And practice responding to potential interview questions. Interview practice works to boost confidence and improve communication skills.
- Poor behaviors. Arriving late, wearing inappropriate attire or poor interview decorum are all behaviors that will raise red flags. Three-quarters of HR managers and recruiters cited top detractors as showing up late or dressing inappropriately while 85 percent of recruiters identified poor interview decorum as a deal breaker. Again, this reinforces the importance of paying attention not only to the skills you bring to the table, but to the perception you’re creating as a complete “package.”
When assessing whether to hire or place a candidate, both HR managers and recruiters agree that the most important factor in developing an overall positive impression is the ability to communicate well during the interview. And for many candidates, their communication skills are simply a reflection of how well they’ve prepared for the interview. Preparation and communication are inexorably linked: With preparation and practice comes confidence, and with confidence comes the heightened ability to communicate smoothly and successfully.
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