3 Reasons You Don’t Get Hired (And How to Overcome Them) [Part 2 of 3]Shannon Hall
We have seen countless cases of common mistakes hurting a candidate’s chances of getting hired. Many candidates may not know exactly what those mistakes are, and sometimes continue to repeat mistakes during their job search. In case you missed it, here are the first 3 reasons you don’t get hired along with our best tips to overcome them. Here we will offer tips on how to overcome more common reasons candidates don’t get hired.
Vague Reasons for Leaving Last Job
Many interviewers will ask this question: Why did you leave your last job? It’s important to be straightforward and answer with honesty. Any kind of hesitation or ambiguity in your answer will be a red flag for interviewers—so be sure to practice carefully. Be honest if you were let go. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to 1,800 employees were laid of or fired every month in 2018. Losing a job is not uncommon, and it doesn’t have to be the end of your career. You can read our article on how to address a lay-off during an interview for some tips.
No Established List of References
Be sure to have a list of references ready for when an interviewer asks for them. Not preparing references beforehand can delay the hiring process as well as raise concerns with your potential employer. You don’t want it to seem like you need to search for people who will be a good reference for you. Always have the contact information for a previous manager and a trusted colleague on hand. It may also be a good idea to contact your references beforehand and let them know to expect a call. This way they will be prepared for the conversation and won’t be taken by surprise.
Managing Stress/Emotions of Job Search
The process of finding a new job can be stressful and tiresome, but it’s important not to let negativity show in your interview. Always answer interview questions as positively as possible and approach your interview with an optimistic attitude. Projecting disillusionment and frustration during your interview could cost you the job offer. The best way to manage the stress of a job search is to stay organized. Read our article about how to stay on top of things during a job search so that you can stress less about the process and land your next job.
Preparation is key when it comes to getting a new job, and identifying the reasons is the first step to solving the problem of being rejected by employers. In our experience, we have seen these mistakes often, but overcoming them can greatly improve your chances of getting hired. Look for our next article to learn how to overcome 3 more reasons you might be turned down for a job.
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