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5 reasons why you may not have made the cut

Veronica C. | March 27, 2014

If you had an interview and are waiting weeks for the callback, here are some things to consider if you're afraid that your performance during the interview was less than stellar.

When interviewing for a job, you are usually up against many other candidates. You want to make a good impression and alert the recruiter to the fact that you’re the one for the job. If you complete an interview and wait weeks for a callback, many things about the interview may run across your mind. Forbes published an article with reasons about why someone may not have made the cut, and here are some things to consider if you’re afraid that your performance during the interview was less than stellar.

1. Your first impression was unfavorable
During the first 30 seconds of meeting your recruiter, he or she is sizing you up based on a number of things. Your outfit, handshake and voice timbre can all play a role in contributing to the interviewer’s appraisal, according to Forbes. It’s important to be dynamic, positive and authentic. Be sure to bring a notebook and pen, just as you would normally do for a serious business meeting.

It’s advisable that you be on time when aiming to make a good impression. Give yourself a little more time than you normally would to get to your destination, as early is much better than late.

Interviewers also take note of your body language when trying to get an idea of your ability in the beginning. While you should appear relaxed, U.S. News & World Report suggested that you do not want to look too comfortable. Proper body language requires that you don’t cross your arms or fidget at all.

2. You didn’t ask questions
You’re right if you assume that going to an interview means that you will be asked a lot of questions that you should prepare for, but you’re wrong if you think your recruiter is the only one asking questions. As a candidate, asking questions can help you learn about the job as you decide if it’s really right for you. It can also put you in a position to show that you are keenly interested and that you might be the right person for it.

At the end of the interview, your recruiter will usually give you the floor, as an opportunity to ask questions. If you don’t take advantage of it, the interviewer might think that you’re not interested in the job at all, or have no motivation.

If your recruiter is talking and you do have a question, jot it down quickly so you can refer to it later. You may think that you can queue all of your questions up in your mind, but if you’re trying to absorb the information being imparted to you, you will more than likely forget them.

3. You asked inappropriate questions
If you ask questions that don’t apply to the here and now, you may put off your potential employer. Your goal during the first interview is to get a callback, not the job. So ask the kind of questions that will help you on your way to becoming employed, and worry about the things an employee worries about later.

For example, ask questions like, “Why is the position open?” or “What does it take to be successful here?” Worry about benefits and time-off for at least the call-back interview.

4. You were not prepared
Not being prepared is a common reason for not being called back. If you care enough about getting the job, it’s advisable that you do your homework. Read everything you can about the company on the Internet, this way you can appear informed. Articles about the company on the web or in magazines are fair game, as well as reviews of the company online. You may also want to check the recruiter’s LinkedIn page.

At the same time, you may not want to spout facts to your interviewer just to prove that you know a little bit about the business. With this kind of effort, you can prepare knowledgeable questions and also react intelligently to what you’re told.

5. Your exit was sub-par
Many people don’t get a call back based on the last segment of their interview. Forbes suggested that the interview has been a success if you have established that your skills match the responsibilities that the job demands, and that you will fit into the culture of the company. As before mentioned, you will be asked if you have any questions at the end of the interview.

You can close the interview by saying something like, “Thanks, Matthew. I wanted to know more about the job as well as your expectations and the company in general. What I heard confirms that we have a lot in common, and I firmly believe that my experience would be a valuable asset in facing your challenges. “

Avoiding these mistakes could significantly increase your chances of getting that call back. Even the most qualified candidate sometimes tactlessly messes up his or her chances of landing a job. With these tips in mind and the prep work taken care of beforehand, you’ll be sure to approach the interview process in a more mindful manner with less to worry about.

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