If you have made it to the interview table; you have the appropriate skills and experience and it is simply a matter of how you present and conduct yourself. However, as a recruitment agency we endeavour always to provide feedback to a candidate whenever they have been unsuccessful in gaining employment.
Consider the following:
- Dress for Success
Regardless of the dress code of an organisation you must look your best, preparation shows you want the job. An interviewer can decide in 10 seconds that they do not want you and it will take them much longer to decide that they do want you. Therefore, dress on the conservative side, simple and neat, as a result you will not disqualify yourself. Graduates may sometimes have a too casual look, perhaps confusing what once was with what now is. Bear in mind that the general rule of thumb is that you dress one or two levels higher than the job you have applied for.
- Body Language This is crucial to your communication, did you maintain eye contact and engage with all the interviewers, did you keep still, was your handshake firm and did you smile? Body language always tells the truth. If an interviewer is uncertain as to whether a candidate is being honest about a particular matter it is the candidate’s body language which will reveal their personality.
An interviewee should listen actively, show interest in the statements and questions made by the interviewer.An interviewee should sit in a proper upright manner and appear confident and relaxed, hands should be kept still and it is crucial to maintain eye contact with all interviewers.
As recruiters we cannot emphasise enough the importance of body language, gestures and the tone of your voice when it comes to success at an interview. Statistics show that a person can be judged 55% on appearance, 38% by tone of voice and only 7% of what they actually say. You can therefore dramatically increase your chances of interview success just by studying and rehearsing your own body language and voice.
- Lack of Preparation
Did you study the company in detail and did you prepare a list of questions? Candidates who do not ask question exhibit the number one behaviour which causes recruiters to lose confidence, it is impossible to succeed at an interview without making a genuine effort to ask a number of well-considered questions. Researching a company and compiling your own list of questions will demonstrate enthusiasm. Failing to ask appropriate questions will exhibit a negative attitude.
- Unclear Motivations
Did you explain explicitly why you in particular want the job or were your answers too vague? Highlight your interest in the job. It is your objective to stand out from other candidates and the interviewer is trying to understand why they should give you the job, perhaps consider in advance of the interview what motivates you and what attributes and skills you can take to a company.
- You did not match the company’s culture You may not have done anything wrong but what you must study is the typical employee of a company thus imitate that image during the course of the interview, because it is in demonstrating your personality, appearance and attitude which will determine how well you will simply blend in to a company and have the aptitude to work as part of a team.
- Arrogance There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, if a candidate demonstrates a superior attitude then this could mean they will be difficult to manage. Your purpose is to establish a confident, modest and discreet personality. A candidate’s demeanour at an interview should shine but bear in mind confidence requires a delicate balance.