Six Job Interview Secrets

Most of the time, the job interview is the determining factor whether an applicant will be hired or not. No matter how qualified you are or how hardworking you can be, you will not be given a chance to show your wares if you flunk your interview. Your job interview performance will make or break you. So how do we score big during a job interview?

The interviewer will have interest in you if you are enthusiastic. Enthusiasm shows a positive attitude not only to the job interview but to life in general as well. An enthusiastic applicant will most likely perform better and have new, bright and creative ideas for the company.

When responding to a question, do not state things that the interviewer has heard a thousand times before. Impress the interviewer with your response. Tell him/her facts about your career or life in general that will arouse his/her interest in you.

A direct to the point response will be appreciated. This is especially true in the first few questions or the “getting to know you” part. Do not let your response exceed 1 minute. During the latter part of the interview, you’ll have more time to sell yourself.

Clichés will get you nowhere. Generic answers will only bore the interviewer. You must do your best to stand out and not be among the majority who are average performers. Show them that you are one of a kind.

Usually, the interviewer will just ask common and ordinary questions. Make these questions extraordinary by giving smart and interesting answers. We all have stories to tell so you just have to relate your story to the questions. This will make you more interesting. For instance, when the interviewer wants you to describe how you are as an employee, instead of just adding adjectives to “I am”, tell a story about a past job experience and how you approached and reacted to that particular situation.

Of course, there will come a moment during the interview that a certain question will throw you off. When this happens, just provide a brief answer. You won’t gain anything in giving a long answer that leads to nowhere. The interviewer will notice that you have no idea what you’re talking about. A simple yet strong response has a greater chance of working.

The key in every job interview is to make the company want you. The interview is your chance to show them how good and competent you are. You must aim to convince the employer that you will be an asset to the company. After every interview, give your heartfelt thanks to the interviewer for giving you the opportunity. Treat this opportunity as your time to shine.

5 reasons why you are not called for job interview

Getting called into a job interview can be challenging, especially when your insecure about your qualifications, like many of us are. Adding to the frustration is the fact that we might have other things getting in the way of working full time, such has studying. Not all employers want to hire students. However, there are a few things you should not do, which will increase your chances of getting called into a job interview if you steer away from them.

So here we go, the top five reasons why you are not called in to job interviews. 

1: The just not into you 

You might be extremely fantastic, with the exact right qualifications, but sometimes not even that is enough to get called into a job interview. Someone else might have been better suited for the job. Maybe they were more experienced, had even better qualifications, and had other things on their resume that sounded better for the employer. There is really nothing you can do about this point except maybe taking a look at your resume to see what you can remove and maybe some interesting facts about yourself that you could add. An employer doesn’t always just look at the qualifications. They might want someone who is interested in subjects closer to what they are interested in. Again, not too much you can do about it.

2: You didn’t follow the directions 

Qualifications, interests, experiences. They are all really worth nothing if you do not follow the directions given. It is extremely important to tailor your resume and applications to what the company is asking for. If the company says you must have experience within a subject, make sure to show them that you do. If you apply for a job and you do not follow the directions, you might be missing out, just as they will. You could be the perfect guy or gal for the job, but they just don’t know it, because you did not tell them. Remember, if they say you have to have something, or that you need to put something on your application, do it. Read the job offer throughout, and make sure you understand what they’re asking for. 

3: Bad application

Tons of employers have said that one of the biggest and most common mistakes of a cover letter, is the fact that it’s for the wrong job opening. This is another point resting on the fact that you have to read the job opening throughout and make sure you understand everything. Do not, and I stress, do not send out mass emails. Make sure every application is tailored to the job, and the employer’s needs. If you will not bother tailoring your application for the job offer, how can they expect you to do your job with effort? Most of the problems surrounding not getting that call, is not bothering to do enough research, or spend enough time on the application. There are hundreds of people applying for the same job as you, make sure you stand out with a fantastic application. 

4: Overqualified, underqualified, or just wrong 

Don’t expect the company where you are applying a job to find the right fit for you. Make sure your qualified for the job, and that it is right for you. They need a specific job to be filled, sending them a random application will not help anything. It is pretty normal for employers to question whether or not the applicant even read the job description, and that’s a huge problem. 

5: The job is taken

In many instances, you will not get a call back because the position is already filled. There is really nothing you can do about this, except continue searching for your next job.

Now that you’ve got something to think about, all we can say is good luck with the job hunt!