Job Interviews - Why we Fail & How to Succeed


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Job Interviews - Why we Fail & How to Succeed

  1. 1. Job InterviewsGetting the Job Successfully or Missing the Boat Presented in Nov 2012 Rohin Chawla Golden Opportunities Pvt. Ltd.
  2. 2. You think that you have: The Right Skills Education & Certifications Experience Caliber Your salary expectation also is in line with the Company’s salary band
  3. 3. And you have been called for theinterview Yes! You do have the prerequisites for the Job and based on your resume you have been called for the interview. Technically you should get the job But…… It is a regret
  4. 4. What went wrong? - Your profileperfectly fits the requirement! Many things can go wrong (Most of them are minor and can be avoided) Few are under your control and few are not Will see some of these aspects……
  5. 5. A Common Question –Tell me something about ourCompany? I forgot to visit the company website. Did not do enough research about my potential employer. Hiring Manager doesnt like it. It shows lack of interest on your part.
  6. 6. What do you expect from this job? I read the job description but….  I was in a hurry so I did not go through the details.  I did not go through the advertisement.  I Did not speak to the Consultant who sent me here. So why are you here?
  7. 7. Were you dressed properly for theinterview? People can get rejected on appearance and the dress code etc. It shows your seriousness for the job. Many Hiring Managers judge people based on the appearance - Try to be formally dressed (based on the company culture and need etc). Have a clean look and be well-groomed.
  8. 8. Body language and inappropriatemanners Restlessness, constant movement, playing with hair, constantly opening and closing files, holding your bag in your lap during an interview, avoiding eye contact with Hiring Manager etc. could lead to rejection. A positive body language shows interest, confidence and helps in creating a positive impression which is necessary for selection.
  9. 9. Know your Stuff You have been doing your current job for long and you know it but now during the interview you need to make sure the Hiring Manager also gets to know the same – Just prepare well.  Make notes, have your answers ready for any question related to your job and studies.  List your accomplishments and share with the Hiring Manager. Not able to answer the questions or giving vague answers to the questions which are related to work or education can be a reason for rejection.
  10. 10. Enthusiasm for the Company & thenew Job Show it!  If your Hiring Manager feels that you are not keen for the job or joining the Company then it could be the end of the road! Don’t let the Boredom take over you. It’s Show Time Folks!
  11. 11. Spoke ill about your previousemployer or supervisor Speaking negative about the previous employer may lead to rejection as the Hiring Manager may get a feeling that you may also speak similarly about this Company also
  12. 12. Job Shopping Are you serious about the job?  Make sure that this gets conveyed to the Hiring Manager. At no point any message or indication should be given which may make them think that you are not serious about the job and will be considering other options or you are there only for the salary hike.
  13. 13. Late for Interview Being late for the interview without any valid reason may lead to rejection. “I got late due to traffic” is not a valid reason – You should have started early.
  14. 14. Salary Discussions Needs to be discussed very carefully  If you are fixed on some figure or are looking at an unrealistic hike – you may not be considered for the position.  Remember all companies have a budget and they do not like to be on the upper limit or out side the budget. Be open and see what best can be offered and negotiated.  Don’t be too rigid.  Speak to the Recruitment Consultant and take advise. Most of the times Consultant knows more.
  15. 15. Being Dishonest or EvadingQuestions If there are Gaps in your resume or you have had issues or problems with your previous work/employer or have failed some subjects during your studies etc.  Hiding, Evading questions about them or faking can lead to rejection. Be honest and inform the Hiring Manager when asked about those.  Do not evade questions.  Do not hide facts.  Remember the facts and the truth can not be hidden for long.  Many Companies conduct background verification.
  16. 16. Other Soft Factors If the Hiring Manager feels that you are arrogant or immature or can not take the right decisions to do the job he is likely to reject you.  Take care of these soft factors, they show your attitude  Being humble and polite helps.  Show your Judgment qualities, explain the decisions taken by you in the previous organization/school and how they helped in improving the situation.
  17. 17. Just a Resume Repeating word by word from resume may not help you in getting the job. Have a lot more to say apart from what is there in your Resume.  Make notes (mental) about each aspect of the resume and discuss these with the Hiring Manager when appropriate.
  18. 18. Some one knows you! An old College classmate, Boss or Peer or junior who did not like you, recognized you and works with the new company.  He may have influenced the Hiring Manager to reject you by giving a bad reference. Be positive in each job. Keep every job exit positive.
  19. 19. No Budget A lot of times the company starts the recruitment activity before the project or the new client is signed or the budgets are sanctioned. If the projects or the budgets do not get cleared and sanctioned then all the candidates get rejected for no fault of theirs.
  20. 20. Commuting time In rare occasions this can be a reason for rejection as some employers do not want employees to spend too much of their time commuting from home to office as they feel the employee may get tired during the travel and may not be able give their best to the job!
  21. 21. Asking wrong questions: Think before you ask a question to the Hiring Manager. Many a times asking questions like below can get you a regret letter:  What is your leave policy?  Do you work on Saturdays?  When will I get my next hike?  When can I shift to another function or the job in your organization?
  22. 22. Culturally Misfit Your hiring Manager knows more about the organization than you do.  He will judge you and try to see if you fit in with the organization’s culture and prospective reporting manager will be comfortable working with you.  If he feels there is going to be a gap then you may not get the job even after having the right qualifications. And that is not your fault!
  23. 23. May not be your fault The Job could have been filled by an internal move The job may have been filled by a better candidate or at a lower salary
  24. 24. Just Take Care Wish you all the Best!Rohin ChawlaGolden Opportunities Pvt. Ltd.www.GoldenOpportunities.bizRohin@GOjobs.biz