5 reasons you won’t get the job you really want!
|April 17, 2016||Posted by experts under UK Job News||
Everyone has their idea of a dream job but there are many reasons why you might continue to fail to get your desired position. If you aren’t getting interviews, or if you’re invited for an interview but you don’t hear back, you need to see if any of the following applies to your situation.
Your CV isn’t targeted enough
If you’re desperate for a job, it might seem like a good idea to send the same CV and cover letter for every job you apply for, but this approach is unlikely to get you many interviews as it will appear as though you haven’t taken enough time to think about your application carefully. If you are applying for jobs in several sectors, then by all means keep a basic cover letter template, but ensure both the cover letter and CV are tailored to the specific job you’re applying for.
You didn’t meet the full requirements
Although you might meet some of the requirements for the job, it could be that you don’t have the right background the company was looking for, or you might have failed to convey this properly. Before applying for a job, go over the requirements one by one and ensure you match them. If you don’t have the relevant work experience, analyse your individual skills to see if you still feel you are a good match and use these as a way to support your application.
Your attitude wasn’t right
Interviewers are experts at analysing a candidate’s attitude and they’ll do this from the moment that you walk in the room without you even realising it. It might be that you are too laid-back or it could be that you appear to be overconfident; this could be read as arrogance. While you’ll need to convey a positive attitude throughout an interview and appear confident, be careful this isn’t viewed as arrogance.
You didn’t sell yourself
Another major problem a job interviewee can suffer from is they don’t have the confidence they need to adequately sell themselves to their potential employer; this can result in the interviewee seeming unenthusiastic, which doesn’t give a great impression at an interview. Before you attend an interview, identify all of your strengths and skills and think about how you can apply them to the position that is being advertised. Don’t be concerned about coming across as boastful – the interviewer is there to learn what you can do for their company.
You were poorly prepared
Many interviewees are not prepared adequately and this often results in a poor interview. Before you apply for your job, make sure you do some research to gain a better understanding of the company’s ethos and attitude. Learn everything you can about the company so you’re prepared for the difficult questions that are inevitably going to be asked during the interview phase, and make sure you do interview practice to build your confidence.