3 Reasons Why You’re Failing at Interviews

It can be extremely frustrating when you have perfected your CV, spent time applying for roles, get invited to an interview and then receive a rejection. Falling at the final hurdle can be disheartening, however, the good news is with a few tweaks to your interview technique you will be able to get the job you want.

A survey of over 1,000 candidates carried out by CV-Library showed 80% of the under 45s find interviews difficult. So, if you’ve been having some trouble with interviews, you are not alone.

Read on to discover where you may have been going wrong and how to improve for next time.

1. You haven’t done enough interview preparation

The average candidate spends 36 minutes preparing for their interviews, but we’ve got news for you. This is not enough.

Proper preparation is crucial if you want to have a successful interview. When you enter the interview room, you’ll want to know as much as you possibly can about:

  • The company
  • The role you are interviewing for
  • The industry you’ll be working in

With the worldwide web at your fingertips, you should have no problem conducting research and gaining knowledge. We recommend:

  • Reading through the company’s website and check for any press releases
  • Look at the company’s social media pages
  • Identifying key competitors
  • Looking at industry news e.g. blogs, magazines, or newspapers
  • Coming up with good questions to ask based on your research
  • Visiting a company location (if possible)
  • Re-reading the job description and requirements

If you have conducted thorough research, you will be able to go into your interview feeling confident and with the knowledge that you can tailor your answers to what the interviewer is looking for.

2. You haven’t shown that you have the right skills

If you have secured an interview, the interviewer must have seen some potential in you. You now have the opportunity to show them that they made the right choice and you are a great fit for the role.

Think about how you can show them that your skill set matches the job requirements and that you are a good fit for the company. Think of examples and facts that demonstrate your key skills and be confident in your own abilities.

3. You haven’t connected with your interviewer

Building rapport with your interviewer is crucial if you want to be successful in your interview. They’re not going to hire someone they don’t get along with.

Rapport can be defined as a relationship in which the parties “understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.” Try to conduct the interview as a conversation rather than simply answering each question thrown at you. You can also be forthcoming with aspects about your personal life such as your hobbies and interests as this will help you to connect with your interviewer on a more personal level.

Bringing it all together

If you can get these three interview points in check, you’ll be in with a strong chance of securing a job offer. The company already think you could be a good fit, so prove them right and put your best foot forward in your interview. Good luck!

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