Are you getting interviews but not the job?

Are you getting interviews but not the job?

How to identify where you could improve your interview technique.

Everyone has been there at some point…..that moment when you are sitting in an interview and things just aren’t coming together and you feel the opportunity of making that fantastic first impression is passing you by.

On the other hand, you may perhaps think you're interviewing well and you are certain you are going to be offered the job, but you don’t. You need to figure out what you are doing wrong and fix it!

In this market it isn’t enough to attend an interview smartly presented having had a quick look at the company website before you attend. Whether you are going for an office administrator position or senior management role take the time and trouble to imagine what your interviewers' needs are, and the specific business problems their companies need you to solve? If you haven't done so, it's time to start.

It is also important to approach an interview thinking about how your manner and words will affect the interview. Remember an interview is a two way thing. Below are a few example questions you could use: -

  • What are the main challenges of this particular role?
  • This is a broad position, what areas are you expecting the successful candidate to deliver on first?
  • This position involves managing a team. Is the team well established or are there areas for improvement?

With the information provided, you are can then give specific examples of your experience which will show the interviewer, in further detail your suitability for the role. These questions will show the interviewer how you think and provide them with confidence in your ability. In addition to this, if you have been out of work for a while or there is a gap in your CV, address this with confidence rather than just ‘fluffing’ around the issue.

Always be positive. You might have had a bad experience with a previous employer but an interview with a potential employer is not the time to moan about it! Choose your words carefully and show how you learnt from the experience.

Lastly close the interview asking if there is anything you haven’t covered so that you have the opportunity to discuss it there and then.

It is important to remember that you can learn something from every interview experience. If unsuccessful, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and LISTEN to the comments. It is important to remember the following: -

  • Timing: The best time to ask is when the interviewer tells you the company isn't interested. If you are lucky enough to get a phone call, use this opportunity to ask for feedback. If you receive an email, follow up within 24 hours.
  • Ask the Right Questions: Don't put the interviewer on the spot by questioning why you weren't offered the job. Accept you weren't successful, and ask a productive question. For example:-
    • Are you able to provide me with any constructive feedback?
    • How I can improve next time?
    • Are you able to offer any specific interviewing advice for me?
  • Attitude: it is really important to ask the above questions in the right way. If you come across like you are trying to argue the point, it won’t do you any favors.

Remember if you have done your research, shown interest and gone that extra mile at the interview, the company is more likely to do the same to you and provide constructive feedback to you to assist you moving forward.

Good luck!