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12 Ways to Fail a Job Interview and Not Receive a Job Offer

12 ways to fail job interviews and not receive a job offer

Did you fail a job interview recently and not receive a job offer? Have you ever gone to an interview and never heard a thing from the organization after it was over?

You are not alone.

See if you made any of the job interview mistakes listed in this post.

Few companies will tell you how you did during a job interview. It’s possible you will never hear from companies who rejected you. And leaves you wondering why you didn’t get the job.

Signs You Had a Bad Job Interview

1.    You Didn’t Dress Correctly

Don’t panic and run away. There’s nothing you can do at this point. If you’re overdressed, that’s okay. If you’re under-dressed, just act as professional as you can. By the way, never wear jeans to a job interview.

2.    Interviewer Looks Disapproving of You

This might happen if you are heavily tattooed or pierced, have a non-business like haircut, are dressed too provocatively, or are wearing too much makeup or jewelry. Always dress professionally for an interview. Never dress “sexy” or wear a lot of jewelry or makeup. If you are pierced, don’t wear the jewelry. If you are tattooed, cover them. Ignore any stares of the interviewer, just smile and act very professional.

3.    You Panic on the First Question

Calm down. Take a deep breath. Nervousness is common and will get better as you do more interviews. Smile. Say, “I am so nervous!” Ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Start your answer with a general statement and try to think of experiences you’ve had that will illustrate what you just said.

4.    The Interviewer is Distracted by Their Phone

There’s not much you can do about this. Smile and try to catch their eye; address them by name when you answer a question. Don’t ramble when answering questions. Be thorough, but brief. Answer each job interview question in about two minutes. The interviewer may be running late.

5.    An Interviewer Asks you the Same Question Twice

This means they aren’t paying attention or you didn’t answer the question adequately the first time. Don’t take it personally. Try to answer the question more fully the second time.

6.    You Get Confused About the Company’s Name

If you make this mistake, apologize briefly. Don’t get flustered. Don’t make excuses; just say, “I’m sorry. I meant to say (name of the company you are interviewing with).”

7.    The Interviewer Looks Bored

Without being too “over the top,” try a small joke or express great enthusiasm about the job or the company. Their boredom probably has nothing to do with you. But don’t ramble or repeat yourself.

8.    Interviewer Puts You on the Spot

This might be a “stress” interview. That is an interview calculated to determine how you perform under stress. Stay calm; answer every question to the best of your ability. Remain friendly and professional.

9.    Challenges You On Your Qualifications for the Job

All you can do is say, “I’d like to address the issues you just brought up.” And then, do it! Address those issues! Sell yourself! Even if they’ve already made up their mind, take a shot!

10.    The Interviewer Doesn’t Smile and Barely Looks at You

It’s possible they have already decided not to hire you. But, it is possible they’re not very friendly, which is surprisingly common with some interviewers.

Do your best; don’t take it personally. When you leave, walk over and shake hands, and say, “I want to thank you for your time today. I really appreciate it.”

Just because they have poor people skills doesn’t mean you do! If they will be your supervisor, be very careful about accepting a job. They might be difficult to work for.

11.    You Do Something Bad During the Interview

Perhaps you used an inappropriate word or spilled coffee all over yourself. If this happens, stay calm! If bad language was the mistake you made, apologize briefly. If you spilled coffee or made another serious mistake, just say, “Oh, please excuse me! I’m a little nervous.”

12.    Asks You if You Know Anyone Who Might be Interested in the Job

Yikes! At that point, I’d probably laugh and say, “No, none that are as qualified and eager as I am!”

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