You possess the right qualification for the job and it seems that the job description is written keeping you in mind. Still, you don’t get hired and remain unemployed. So why weren’t you offered the job? Did you completely mess up the interview? Or did you overlook certain attributes while applying for the job or during an interview? The reasons can be numerous, but the fact is that you remain unemployed. In an ideal world, the job is offered to a qualified and deserving candidate and there can be numerous reasons why you are not hired – even if possess all the desired skills. During the job interview process, you will be in direct competition with other qualified candidates and internal candidates (who obviously might have a better chance of grabbing the job offer thanks to having some close contacts). Until you are able to create a lasting positive impression on the interviewer, you have a minimal chance of getting hired. Here are a few mistakes that keep graduates unemployed for a long time, even after scoring well on many points including psychometric assessment (personality traits) and aptitude tests (such as verbal reasoning, logical reasoning and abstract reasoning tests).
- The celebrity syndrome
Celebrities usually do not have to impress people, admirers follow them wherever they wander. If you think you fall under the celebrity syndrome, then you need to change your thinking as it will not help you acquire a job especially if you are a graduate. If you face an interview with an instinct that the resume will speak, you are wrong. The competition is fierce and you need to sell yourself in the market. A majority of the companies conducts reasoning test, aptitude test, SHL numerical test and Kenexa numerical test to filter in the worthy applicants. The resume will not help you come out with flying colors in these tests, but your inherent skills will surely help. Therefore, it is essential to come out of the celebrity syndrome mood and undergo an intensive numerical test preparation and prepare using verbal test tutorials.
- The shy syndrome
Modesty is the best quality to lead a happy and prosperous life. Boasting your strengths and achievements in the public is a habit to inculcate, but if you fail to portray these skills during a job interview, you are killing the chances of grabbing a lucrative offer. If you are a humble person, you need to present the best qualities in a confident manner only then you will be able to impress the interviewer. Remember, no one else will discuss your selling points. During an interview, you have exactly one chance to impress the panel and present your case. Your shy behavior should not come in your path of whooping the interviewer. Stand in front of the mirror and answer probable interview questions. It will surely boost the confidence and you will face the job recruitment process confidently.
- Going into the job interview with little industry knowledge
You have probably put in all your efforts to build a resume and cover letter, but you have missed out something very important – industry knowledge. Review the website of the company and ensure you know everything about them before facing the interview. Dive into the recent news about the company as being armed with a plethora of knowledge regarding a prospective company is the key to your next or first job. You need to understand that becoming an advocate for the company is different from becoming an advocate for yourself during the job interview. Not only this, after reading a plethora of information about the company and the industry it is in (e.g. trends, threats or opportunities), you can decide whether the company will see dark days ahead (pursuing a job in such company can be avoided) or investors are keen on investing. Based on your research about the company, you can craft a better cover letter and tailor the resume to suit the culture, mission statement and core values of the prospect company. Try to obtain as much knowledge about the industry and company because knowledge is the ultimate power.
- Avoiding learning technical skills
Nothing can be worse than saying a ‘no’ or ‘I do not know’ during a technical round. This usually occurs when the technical skills are restricted and you only have the bookish knowledge. Bookish knowledge rarely comes in handy during an interview because companies look for candidates with clear concepts, memorizing the technical questions will not help as one bouncer from the interviewer and you will be clean bowled. Based upon the job profile, you should be well-versed in programming languages or spreadsheets or accounting. Negative answers lead to failure and instead of saying a direct ‘no’ try to attempt the question and draw reasonable parallels from the question itself. A positive motivation will help you seek the job easily. Therefore, for graduates it is extremely essential to polish the technical skills on a regular basis, otherwise you will remain unemployed for an indefinite period of time.
- Other miscellaneous mistakes
Communication skills both verbal and non-verbal are extremely important to excel in an interview. Facial expression, voice modulation and eye contact form the non-verbal communication skills show whether the candidate is nervous or not. Non-verbal communication includes the mannerism in which you talk during the interview, your body language, pitch, tone and timbre of your voice, etc. Additionally, during the interview if you do not ask the interviewer any questions, it might be assumed that the candidate has little commitment to the position. It is a good move to ask questions geared to the position for which you have applied. Another reason for candidates being rejected in the job recruitment process is giving long-winded answers. You have to remember that the questions being asked in an interview can usually be answered in 30-60 seconds. Long winded answers are an indication of nervousness which may signal to the interviewer that you have a lot of weaknesses as a candidate.