When you get a job rejection ask for feedback, find out why you didn’t get the job.
Who when and how to ask for feedback.
Who to ask: Usually the right person to ask is the recruiter, If someone else interviewed you then just ask, that person.
When to ask: The best time is after you have been turned down for the job and preferably by email that this doesn’t put anyone on the spot.
How to ask: Your approach should be open and gracious. Thank, the interviewer for this time and ask for feedback, in a non-demanding way.
Are you making these Post-Interview Mistakes?
- Delay sending your thank you note– Do it within 24 hours of interview.
- Sending a Generic Copy– Personalize each thank you to reflect the interview.
- Not Following up– After the agreed-on time it is on you to follow up.
- Positive/ Negative/ Confidential info on social media– Don’t comment on the interview or company.
- Calling or emailing in excess- One follow up call or email is usually acceptable.
- Don’t let your mistakes weigh you down- Place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones.
Smile your way to Success
- Interesting genuine smiles into your interview conversation conveys confidence and trust.
- Smiling has been found to have a positive effect on how an interviewer feels about the quality of a job candidate.
- Don’t forget to smile next time you are in a job interview.
The top workplace Strengths and weaknesses of the Millennial Generation.
- Technology know-how.
- Lack of commitment.
- Face to Face communication.
5 Reasons you didn’t get invited for the interview
- Your resume did not open. Check on this by sending it on a couple of friends and asking them to open it on their computers.
- Your resume couldn’t be read by the applicant tracking system. Avoid fancy fonts, images, graphics, and borders as these all confuse the ATS.
- You sent a generic cover letter that was addressed to “Whom it may concern”. Find out the name of the right person to address your cover letter to and customize it for the specific job opportunity.
- Your contact details were inadequate. Provide a number of alternatives and make sure you are readily available so the employer can get hold on you.
- You did not follow the directions provided by the employer. Often hiring managers are very specific about how to submit a complete application, make sure you strictly follow instructions.
6 Secrets to creating your dream job
- Start small
- Be flexible.
- Surround yourself with the right people.
- Continue reading.
- Find balance.
- Don’t give up.
What you have to do after the interview?
EVALUATE: Immediately after your interview reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Make notes on what you need to work on and what you can address in your follow-up.
Contact: Time to contact your references and discuss the position and what they can expect from the potential employer. Make sure they are well prepared.
Follow up: Send a follow up letter thanking the interviewer, restarting your enthusiasm for the job opportunity and addressing any issues you noted down after the interview.
Carry on: Keep on with your job search. A good interviewer is no guarantee of a job offer. Be encouraged by its success and use it to motivate you to attack your job search with renewed energy.
Why Candidates Fail to get job?
- They exaggerate their skills and experience in their resumes and job application.
- Display a lack of enthusiasm and confidence in the interview.
- They want to know what the company can do for them and not what they can do for the company.
- Don’t focus on their strengths and value.
- Fail to communicate successfully and establish rapport with the interviewer.
- Don’t research the company and prepare properly for the interview.
5 Tips To create Rapport in your interview
Establishing a connection with your interviewer is the key to your success.
- Before you shake hands, make sure your hands are warm and dry. Cold and clammy hands are off-putting.
- Make good eye-contact and call the interviewer by his or her name at regular intervals- “I am glad you asked that Mr. Green…….”
- Let the interviewer finish speaking before you answer, interrupting is a rapport–killer.
- Be aware of your body language, lean slightly forwarded in your chair to show that you are engaged in the conversation.
- Read the interviewer’s body language and pick up on clues to keep the conversation on track.
When you can’t answer an interview question?
First, take a deep breath and calm down. It is OK to not know an answer, it is how you deal with it that matters.
- Don’t just say “I don’t know” or make something up.
- Try and clarify by asking questions that can help you understand the question paper.
- If you really don’t know the answer, then tell them you will find out and get back to them straight after the interview.
“That’s a good question and I do not have the answer right now, but I am going to follow up and find out. I will get back to you with the right answer after the interview.”
The 3 C’s of answering interview questions successfully
- Conciseness: Provide relevant and focused interview answers that give the interviewer the information he is looking for.
- Clarity: Pause to structure your thoughts before you answer. Be aware of your delivery.
- Confidence: Proper preparation and practice boost confidence.
“YOUR TIME IS LIMITED, SO DON’T WASTE IT LIVING SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE DON’T BE TRAPPED BY DOGMA- WHICH IS LIVING WITH THE RESULTS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THINKING. DON’T LET THE NOISE OF OTHER’S OPINIONS DROWN OUT YOUR INNER VOICE. AND MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE THE COURAGE TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND INTUITION.Steve jobs
The Color Message
What do your interview clothes say about you?
- Grey: Sends a message of calmness and neutrality.
- Brown: Conveys a solid and grounded approach to life.
- Blue: Conveys trustworthiness and reliability.
- Black: Conveys power and authority.
- Red: Sends a message of energy and enthusiasm.
- White: Conveys trust and integrity.
These require “ZERO” talent?
- Being on time.
- Work ethic.
- Body language.
- Being coach-able.
- Doing extra.
- Being prepared.
Points to Ponder
- Never say this in your interview….
Avoid speaking negatively about ex-colleagues and managers. It brings into question your ability to get on with others and your willingness to adapt different individuals.
- Submit your JOB applications on Mondays!
Research shows the highest percentage of applications move forward on a Monday. It decreases by 10% on Tuesday and get progressively worse through the week until Sunday which sees virtually no action.
- The best time to schedule an interview is around 10.00 a.m on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
Your interviewer is in the best frame of mind at this mind. Researches shows you should avoid having an interview on Mondays and Fridays, around lunch time and during late afternoon.
- How to make a positive last impression.
Clearly demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job– “This job presents the opportunity I am looking for. I would love to give my everything to this position. “
- Watch your watch
How you walk into and out of the interview sends an important message. An upright posture with a purposeful stride shows enthusiasm and confidence. As you leave the interview be sure that you remain upright and confident. A hesitant exit with shoulders slightly slumped indicates that you think the interview went badly.
CLIENT DO NOT COME FIRST.
EMPLOYEES COME FIRST.
IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES,
THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF THE CLIENTS.Richard Branson