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The Number One Reason Why You Probably Did Not Get the Job

The number one reason why you probably did not get the job is:

LACK OF PREPARATION!

As a Recruiter, one of the first few questions I usually ask a potential candidate is:

“What do you know about the position you are applying for?”

“What do you know about the company?”

“Why do you want to work for the company?”

The typical answers that I usually get are generic responses, such as:

“Well, I don’t know a lot about the position. Can you tell me more?”

“I hear that this is a great company to work for.”

“I would like to work for the company because I need a job.”

Answers such as these show no insight or forethought of preparation to exhibit any genuine interest in the position or company.  Many candidates start the interview by asking me to be patient with them because they are nervous.  As a Recruiter, I understand. Stress is a natural part of the interview process.

The best way to reduce stress and anxiety before the interview is to prepare, prepare, and prepare!  According to a survey of over one hundred Recruiters and Talent Specialists, more than 75% of job applicants are “poorly prepared” for the interview.  “They simply attempt to wing it and expect to get the job.”  One Talent Specialist even compared the interviewing process to going on a blind date. “You simply do not go on a blind date without attempting to find out as much as you can about your potential suitor?”  Well, treat the job interview like a blind date and try to get as much information about the position and company before the interview to increase your chances of getting the job.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Know the Job Description.
Read over the job description and highlight your strengths during the interview. What skills do I have that fit the role to which I’m applying?

2. Know the Company.
Research the company beforehand. Do you see yourself fitting in the company? Do your values align with the company’s values?

3. Put Yourself in the Hiring Managers Shoes.
What skills, traits, and qualities would you look for in a new hire?

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