Have you wondered why you didn’t get hired even though you were perfect for the job?
Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the number 1 reason you did not get hired!
Most people think they get hired because of their qualifications. In doing so, they expend so much energy in the interview focusing on their experience before they know which parts of their experience and qualifications the employer is most interested in. At this point, you must be thinking whaaaaaa?
You are in a job interview of some kind. The employer, through its action of spending time to speak with you, thinks you’re qualified—on paper.
You actually get a job interview because of your qualifications. You get the job for three reasons, none of which are your qualifications.
Why Do You Get the Job?
Based on my observation from thousands of interviews between my clients (the hiring companies) and job candidates (prospective employees), I’ve concluded a candidate’s attainment of the job is largely contingent on three often-undetectable success factors:
It all comes down to your ability to communicate how your qualifications match what the employer needs.
The Unfortunate Reality
The reality is you have a greater chance of failing the interview because of a misrepresentation or misinterpretation than you do a lack of qualification.
The 3-Step Fix
For junior and mid-level folks who often face the dreaded, “Please tell me about yourself,” question, your immediate response to ensure clarification should be: “I’d love to tell you about myself. Can you let me know what part of my background would be most helpful for you to know so you can make a good determination regarding whether I’m a great fit for your company?”
For senior-level folks, make sure to clarify what the employer considers the most important growth areas (units) within the company as well as what attributes, traits, capabilities, and skills are most important for its leaders.