Not Accepted for the Job
Here are a few common mistakes made during the recruitment process:
- Demonstrating vague or weak opinions and approaches; a lack of trustworthiness; poorly presenting knowledge, abilities or skills (remember that form is just as important as content, sometimes more so); low self-esteem, shyness and anxiety; arrogance; dishonesty; familiarity.
- An inability to formulate targets; too much or too little ambition; tentativeness and uncertainty concerning professional growth.
- A lack of enthusiasm and energy; little interest in the position or the company; minimal initiative taken to ask questions, make suggestions and present ideas.
- An untidy or casual appearance; inappropriately chosen attire showing a lack of sensibility and social intelligence.
- Unrealistic salary expectations; too large an emphasis placed on salary and benefits or position and job title.
- Inability to formulate opinions; poor communication skills (i.e. interrupting someone or using slang or foul language).
- Inability to work as a team player; inability to manage others or to lead a team.
- Poor preparation ahead of the interview showing a lack of interest; a lack of knowledge of basic facts; an unwillingness to discuss particular issues.
- A lack of flexibility; problems travelling; an unwillingness to relocate.
- A lack of experience in a given field; a tendency to change jobs often, insufficient experience at a particular position.
- Insufficient education and work experience.
If you have been passed over during the recruitment process, be sure to ask why. Even if the company only cites a vague or general reason (serious companies will provide you with feedback), you will still come away with a general idea of what it takes to succeed in future interviews.