Posted on April 6, 2016

Not Getting Hired? This May Be Why.

So you interview with a company where you really want to work. You go in and you think you nailed it, but you never hear back. You start asking yourself what went wrong. Did you do something wrong? Of course not, you are awesome and they should want to hire you. You immediately think that perhaps the hiring manager is not qualified and can’t recognize real talent. That maybe what happened or maybe you did make some mistakes. Here are three common factors why a company just may not be that into you.

1. Inappropriate Dress—Clothing is a great way to express yourself, right? Well, not during a job interview. Express yourself anyway you want on your time, but when your goal is getting a job, you need to look professional. You should dress more conservative for an interview even if you are pursuing a position in a casual business setting. You will be judged based on you how you dress. How you look is the first impression you will make. So make sure you look professional and put together.

2. Bad Hygiene—You just put on a “dab” of perfume, right? You used a little bit of lotion or aftershave and you smell terrific. Well, what you consider a small amount may not seem so small to other people. Your favorite scent may not appeal to everyone. The same is true of the opposite. Make sure you do not smell like you were just on a two month camping trip. Shower, brush your teeth, and maybe tone down your fragrance for the interview.

3. Using Slang And Local Vernacular—You want to show an interviewer that you are a top-notch communicator. Use professional speech and conversation tools. Slang (or local vernacular) like using “ain’t” or mistakenly using “seen” when you should have used saw. (“I just saw him.” Not “I just seen him.”) are a huge red flag in an interview. Companies want job candidates who are well-spoken and articulate.

4. Not Doing Your Homework—Before going in for the big interview it would be advantageous to at least visit the company’s website to see that company as they want to be seen; what they are about and what they are doing in the marketplace. Once there you can also look for company news, a blog, or other reports that show you actual results and activities of the company in the past. It may also be helpful to use the company directory (if there is one) to find out more about the person interviewing or the people you may be working with.

5. Posting To Facebook—More than 90% of job recruiters admit to using social media as a tool to find quality job candidates.1 Before you walk into an interview, there’s a good chance your prospective employer has already looked directly at your Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media accounts, or has looked for you. If they don’t like what they see, your interview may be doomed. Posting about your dissatisfaction with a company or posting pictures about partying the night before an interview is not what a potential employer wants to see.

If you ever need help preparing for an interview stop by the Career Services office and they will be more than willing to set up a mock job interview for you.



Guest post by Teresa Shami