As the economy slowly improves, you may still find that you are unemployed. It is time to consider that maybe “you” are the reason why. Take a moment to review these potential reasons for not receiving call backs after an interview.
Did You Arrive On Time?
As a recruiter, I pay attention to what time a person shows up for their job interview. Were they early, or late? I run by a schedule, so as a candidate, you must show your respect and appreciate the time that the recruiter has set-aside to consider you for the position.
I don’t want to hear an excuse if you show up late either, that just makes your ‘good’ first impression, worse. Even if the excuse is legitimate, I will only remember that you were late compared to other candidates. Arriving 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled interview time makes a great impact.
How Are You Dressed?
Did you take the time to dress appropriately? Dressing professionally, with neat clothes and combed hair is expected. You wouldn’t come in with jeans hanging off your butt, holes in your pants, rumpled hair, and lint balls all over you. First impressions are very important, so make it your best. Remember, you are being compared to other candidates so you want there to be more than one check in your ‘yes’ column.
When Was the Last Time You Updated Your Resume?
Take the time to customize your resume and provide reasons why you are the best candidate for the job opening. This is the biggest mistake I see applicants make every day. These people are applying for jobs that they are not qualified for, with resumes that only match part of the posting. Typically, in this case, the candidate has made assumptions that the job title was the only thing they needed to know in order to determine if the position contained a job, they could perform.
Offering a brief summary of your job duties, software used, spell check the document and providing a cover letter are great. You may consider having someone look at your resume professionally. Just keep in mind that your resume is an extension of you, your resume needs to get your foot in the door for an interview, or it is no good.
Don’t Talk Negatively About Your Last Boss!
If your last employer was “a total asshole”, your potential employer doesn’t really need to know about it. Instead, try one of these variations in order to avoid an embarrassing, childlike response to why you are no longer gainfully employed with your last employer.
1. I wanted to continue to expand my career
2. I needed room to continue growing and my previous employer could not provide those opportunities.
3. I want to expand my knowledge in this field.
4. Unfortunately, the company is experiencing some internal changes and I am concerned with the stability of its future.
The goal here is to stay positive and focus on your potential and how this employer is the right fit for you now, in the next stage of your growing career. Remember, your goal is to share how you have taken your experiences to move forward in your career.
Read the Posting Carefully
Only apply for positions you are qualified for. If you can’t meet the minimum requirements for the job, and you know you don’t, do not be surprised when you don’t hear back. When I pre-screen candidates before we schedule an interview, I verify the requirements listed in the posting. If the candidate doesn’t match the requirements, they have just wasted my time, and their own. Why? When you send out your resume for a job opening you’re not qualified to fill, you have just informed your employer of one thing and only one thing: that you don’t know how to read, and you don’t respect their time.
Are You a Good Fit?
After we review your experience and skills, we will also look to see how you’ve carried yourself during the interview. Does your personality match with others in the environment you will be working in? Are you a team player or do you prefer to work alone? Are you self-motivated or do you need prompting by management? Are you a doom and gloom type of person, or are you upbeat and engaging? Take time to consider who you are and how you portray yourself during an interview. Are you [positive, neutral, or negative?
Are You Good at Interviews?
Sometimes applicants become nervous at interviews. If you know you have the qualifications to fill the position, the next thing you should do is relax. Show us that you are easy to talk to and your great personality will help you get the job. Try to respond to all the questions in a relaxed manner. If you come off with a canned answer from a book, the recruiter can always tell, in turn making you look more like a liar with something to hide than a nervous applicant reciting lines from a book.
Prepare for your own interview. Think of the position you’re applying for too. What kind of questions would you have for your employer? What is the correct and allowed office attire? What is the work environment like? Are there performance reviews? How long has your recruiter/interviewer been with the company? Do they enjoy it? Why is the position currently available? What are they looking for in the person who fills the position? Research your company and ask the questions.
If you don’t ask questions during the interview, it can even raise some concerns for the recruiter. You want to show them that you’re interested in the job and the entire company. Remember that you are here to market yourself as the best candidate.
What Salary are You Looking For?
I have to admit, it can be pretty entertaining watching the many ways people try to avoid answering this question, or attempt to redirect the conversation. Before you go in for an interview, know your value. Research the salary for the position you wish to fill at one of these sites www.payscale.com or www.salary.com so that you can negotiate for a better salary if the need arises.
Be on Your Best Behavior!
Everyone you encounter at the company could potentially have a say in whether or not you are hired. How did you talk to the security guard at the gate? What about the way you spoke with the receptionist? If you’re nice to everyone, you won’t have to worry about whom other people may be talking to about you.
Send a “Thank You!”
At the end of your interview, ask for a business card or email address. Take the time to follow-up with a note or email, showing your appreciation for the time he or she took to interview you. Mention why you think you would be a great addition to the company. This little gesture could be enough to show the recruiter just how serious you are about being a part of the company.
What do you think about this post? Share some of your own ideas about why someone may not get a call back after an interview! I look forward to hearing what you have to say.