10 Reasons Why A Job Interview Can Go Wrong

Interview mistakes

The atmosphere of today’s shaky economy and overcrowded job market easily affects attitudes about job interviews. Pass the initial candidate screening is already a great achievement and when people rush off to their interviews, they’re really stressed and often forget about some basic, but important details. When going to a job interview, you simply must remember that it’s a meeting designed for several purposes: showing those features and aspects of your personality that cannot be conveyed in your resume, impressing the recruiters or managers, and familiarizing yourself with the company culture. 

Unfortunately, some candidates forget about the importance of the interview and don’t realize how many things can go wrong during one. It’s true – some things just happen and have nothing to you with you – a different candidate might have used their networking skills better, the company might have decided to make an internal hire or reorganized its structures so that the position offered was no longer needed. Or, quite surprisingly, the company might have just canceled the job offer altogether – several studies have shown that almost 10% of posted job listings never get filled. 

If you’re trying to prepare for your interview, have a look at the list of top 10 reasons why job interviews go wrong – knowing this, you’ll be able to seize control of what happens during the meeting and boost your chances at landing the job. 

1. Simply, You Were Late 

It seems really basic, but it still happens. Candidates coming late for their job interviews are certain to land on any recruiter’s black list. Showing up on time is not just about good manners – it also shows the respect you feel towards your employers and the time they invest in meeting you. Arriving 10 minutes before the start of the job interview will show that you’re an investment material – someones who takes their responsibilities seriously. 

What you need to do is prepare. If you’re arriving by car, test your route and give yourself a margin of 20 minutes – include possible traffic jams or accidents that might happen on the way. If you’re traveling to a different city, make sure to fly in the night before – arriving to the airport in the morning and finding out your flight was canceled won’t do for a good excuse for missing a job interview. 

2. Your Network Didn’t Work 

You might consider yourself introverted or shy, but that doesn’t mean you stand no chance at networking opportunities. If you’re eying a specific employer, try to get an internal reference – remember that many companies actually reward their employees for referring to newly hired workers.  

Try following your employers on LinkedIn and see whether you’ve got something in common – other contacts, schools, neighborhood or friends. Get in touch with a person, who might help you to get in. Manage your professional image through other social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook. Don’t adopt a passive attitude and wait for your profiles to do your job. 

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