Searching for a new job can be overwhelming, stressful, exciting and rewarding, all at the same time. While it might seem like you’re qualified for the position you’re applying for, there are times where even the best suited candidates don’t get the job.
Why? There are various reasons to answer this question. Failing to land the perfect opportunity you are most qualified for is disappointing, but there are several things you can learn from this experience.
Below, you’ll find a few mistakes that many career seekers make when applying. We hope they help you understand what should happen next time, so that you’ll land the job without any problems!
Focusing Too Much on Yourself – Chances are, you’re applying for a specific opportunity because it’s a perfect fit for your lifestyle. You might be able to take your kids to school or pick them up, continue on with your weekend social life or other activities you might have to give up, otherwise.
While this is a great thing for you, the hiring manager doesn’t necessarily want to hear about that. They’re more concerned with how good of a fit you are for them. The focus should be more about why you’re a good candidate for the position, not how the position is a good fit for you.
Appearing to be Unengaged – Do you get nervous when interviewing for a job? Do you say “um” or “well” a bit too much? If so, this can seem like you’re not excited or engaged about the prospect.
Asking Inappropriate Questions – It’s always important to ask questions during an interview. Inquiring about information that is considered inappropriate can seem negative. Refrain from questioning the following:
What are vacation benefits like?
Where will my office be?
How much sick time is offered?
Is personal time an option?
How much will I be compensated?
Pushing for this type of information can seem like you’re in it only for the compensation and benefits. If you’re a great fit for the position, you’ll be offered a deal where details like these will be included. It’s best to wait until then to discuss them.
We hope our discussion today helps you learn from your mistakes so that next time, you’ll be a shoo-in for the opportunity! To learn more about why you aren’t getting the job, visit back with us for our next blog post!
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