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Few things can be as frustrating as going to interview after interview and not getting called back. The worst part is that you can never truly know why someone hasn’t called you back unless they tell you explicitly. This means that you could keep making the same mistakes again and again and continue to get ignored by recruiters. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons people don’t get called back after interviews. We’ll also give you a few tips to help you ace interviews the next time around.
You Weren’t Dressed Properly
Your appearance will be the very first thing recruiters will notice once you get in the door. Make a bad impression here, and you most likely won’t get called back unless there are very few candidates and you were able to stand out in other ways. But, in most cases, not being dressed properly will automatically disqualify you.Let's take a look at some of the most common reasons people don't get called back after interviews. We'll also give you a few tips to help you ace interviews the next time around.Click To Tweet
Note that overdressing can be just as bad as under-dressing in certain cases. If you’re going for an interview for a fun new startup, dressing in business professional attire may make you come off as rigid. The most important part is understanding the dress code and culture at the company and wearing something that reflects that. If in doubt, go for business casual as it will allow you to project an air of professionalism while never being overdressed.
You Don’t Know How to Answer Crucial Questions
Some questions always come back at interviews, and there’s a reason why they’re so common. They allow interviewers to get a true sense of who you are and evaluate your competencies on the ground. Asking questions is the only way to verify that you have the skills you claim you have and that you were able to use them effectively.
One of the most common questions that are asked is what types of challenges you’ve faced in your past jobs and how you surmounted them. This is a question that will allow recruiters to see how well you deal with problems, which is extremely important in most positions. It will also help showcase your creativity and how you react under pressure. This is why you must know how to answer this question without fumbling. If you want to learn how to answer hard interview questions like this one, you should check out this article from Placement. It explains exactly what you should and should not say when this question comes up. It also shows how you should structure your answer and a few examples of answers you can inspire yourself from.
You Violated Important Etiquette Rules
You may also have broken important etiquette rules without knowing it. Turning up with a drink, even a bottle of water is a very bad idea when going to an interview. It will come off as unprofessional and will become a distraction. Another thing you should avoid at all costs is using your phone for any reason. There is no reason for your phone to even be on, so turn it off or put it on airplane mode just before the interview.
You Didn’t Know Enough About the Company
Recruiters are looking for people who will care about the company, not mercenaries. And, one of the best ways to show that you’re only here for the money or that you’ll leave the minute you have the chance is by being completely oblivious about what the company does. The more you know about the company’s culture, locations, and history, the more you’ll be able to show your dedication and that you truly want to help the company grow.
The worst part is that you could get all the information you need from their website in a few minutes. Just looking at their ‘about us’ page should give you more than enough information to stand out from the rest. So, take the time to study who they are, what their mission is, and some of the things you like about the company.
You Were Talking Too Much
There’s nothing more annoying to an interviewer than someone who rambles on and on. Recruiters don’t want to hear your life story; they want to-the-point answers. You also don’t want to start being too personal. Don’t talk about your personal life unless you’re asked about it. Even if your interviewer comes off as warm and does a great job at making you feel comfortable, never forget that this is a professional situation, so keep things as professional as possible.
There are many possible reasons why you may not be getting calls after the interview. If you have noticed that you’ve struggled with any of the things in this article, you’ll at least be able to make corrections and increase your chances in the future.
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