When you’re looking for a job, everyone always wants to give you helpful interview advice with assurances that these tips will get you hired. “Be sure to have a copy of your cv with you,” they say. “Maintain eye contact and know your strengths and limitations”. Of course, these are great tips. But today, we’ll focus on the unconventional tricks that will get you hired even with little or no related job experience.
First, let’s discuss the problem.
You have been to several job interviews and have had high engaging discussions. You know you are highly qualified, and you keep wondering why no one wants to hire you. Very likely, you lack interview skills, you aren’t confident enough or your lack of passion shows rather too conspicuously.
Maybe it’s because you are just not that likable or you have conveyed an entirely wrong impression. However, no matter their reason for turning you down, you must understand that it’s a tough market out there. As more processes get automated, so are jobs going out of stock. Rather than beat yourself too hard for getting rejected time after time, you can brace up to face the next one squarely.
And one way to do that is by finding out what you have been consistently doing wrong.
How not to get hired in 2020
Go on a job interview, blab endlessly about your soft skills, tell them how many long hours you can work and emphasize how you can efficiently handle multiple tasks at a time… And Off you go! This is 2020. We are in the era of ‘smart working’ and employers aren’t that daft to fall for such cheap swaggering. To land that dream job, You have to do more than that.
Though the interviewers may be forthright with their questions, they aren’t interested in your YES or NO but how skilled you are for the job.
Don’t take my word for it, I haven’t been to many interviews, neither have I ever sat across the desk as an interviewer. But I have watched many successful interviews and it sums up to one thing; employers just want to know what you are good at, and of course what you aren’t good at. It’s that simple.
For instance When an interviewer asks you ‘what’s your favorite food?’ they don’t want to know if you like macaroni and cheese. They don’t want to know if you eat at all. They are digging for your verbal/communication skills, confidence, self-esteem and a whole lot of other skills and abilities you might not know of.
The interviewer might want to find out how self-aware you are, whether you can examine your preconceived notions or biases or whether you have broad interests. They might want to see if you would boldly state an opinion or waffle or give a situational specific answer. For some highly competitive interviews, simple questions like the one above will determine the next question they are going to ask you, or if they are to proceed with the interview or not.
Here are some of the turnoffs that may be keeping you from landing that dream job.
1. You display a sense of entitlement
It’s never a good idea to show entitlement on paper or in a job interview. If you go in with a list of demands, you’ll be out before it starts. It is expected that you have a general salary expectation, but that you will need six weeks of vacation from the start? That’s not gonna happen.
2. Your LACK OF PASSION shows
When you find yourself applying for jobs that don’t excite you, don’t be surprised when potential employers sense this lack of passion. Employers know that skills can always be taught, but when the zeal to learn isn’t there, it becomes difficult to learn on the job.
3. You have LOW self-confidence
The interviewer can hear this in your voice in the first three seconds. This can easily be deciphered from the way you speak. Experienced HR managers can even sense it from your first “hello”.
4. You’re sloppy/slobby
When you’re sending an email or just writing a post on Facebook or LinkedIn, follow the guidelines on how to reach out. Make sure you get your spellings correctly. WRITE NOT IN ACRONYMS! Also, don’t get too friendly with the interviewer. He/she isn’t your friend but a prospective business partner. Dress properly and take some time to groom your hair. Little details such as these counts.
5. You’ve got nothing to say
If you arent well-read, don’t watch the news and aren’t up to current events, you may have very little to add to the discussion. That’s probably why you don’t get a lot from LinkedIn and why you think Facebook is a waste of time. Those are social tools. To hold a conversation, you need to keep yourself duly informed. In a nutshell, you need to forearm yourself with a good stock of ‘conversational currency’. Get it or get ready for a long search.
Want to find out some unconventional tactics job seekers have used to stand out? Read On!
Be exciting, kill the boredom
In The Two Traits, All Hiring Managers Look for During Interviews Without Even Realizing It, Muse writer Jeremy Schifeling describes that the perfect candidate comes off as both capable of doing the job and as someone with whom you would like to spend time— in his terms, “warm and competent”
Think of it as follows: if a candidate was very personable but lacking certain technical skills, he would need to develop those skills to fit perfectly on the job. You’re on the other side of the desk, you’ve got the requisite experience, but you’ll have to get better at connecting with the interviewer.
The best way to do this is through practice. So, don’t just rehearse what you are going to say in your head. Ask a good friend to get together over coffee and practice your responses. If you’re stiff, long-winded, or seem boring, let her point it out.
Relax, It’s just an Interview
Think of someone super smart, but just isn’t a good test-taker for whatever reason. They get nervous, they feel boxed in, they choke — well, in interviews the same can happen.
You might have the right qualifications to get into the door, but once you’re sitting in front of the hiring manager, you put your foot in your mouth repeatedly. Perhaps you’re tossing your old boss or colleagues under the bus, so you don’t come off like a team player. Perhaps you ask questions that make it clear that you’re not doing your research. Maybe You aren’t asking any questions at all. Perhaps you’re skipping the thank-you notice because you don’t think it matters.
It might not seem fair that you have to “play by the rules” if you’ve had enough experience to start the job right away. But telling the truth, you should play by the rules. The first step in doing this is by reading and learning more about interviewing.
Understand that the job isn’t about you
If you’re still obsessive about what to say in your resume or personal pitch and use the same resume and standard cover letter to apply for every job, then you’re missing the boat. No one cares about what you did and where you were. All they are interested in is how you can solve their problems.
Apply the STAR method whenever necessary
Interviewers want to assess how well-prepared candidates are, and how their responses connect with their skills and experience. A good way for candidates to do this is to use the STAR method whenever possible, citing a specific Situation, Task, Action, and Result in their past. This guarantees a specific response and offers the interviewer real-life examples of the candidate’s ability to deliver results.
Take charge, sell your skills, tell them everything you know.
Be honest, but don’t say more than necessary.