10 Reasons Why People Fail Job Interviews

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Recruiters meet candidates every day. Sometimes they’re great and sometimes, inevitably, they don’t make the grade. But why do people typically fail job interviews?

Below you can find some actions that can be the difference between success and failure. Take our advice on board and improve your interview game!

  • Arriving too late

Being late to an interview directly gives the impression that the candidate is irresponsible. No matter what excuse you have. Make sure to arrive earlier and enjoy the time to breathe and to review the job role.

people fail job interviews because not punctuality

  • Dressing inappropriately

The physical appearance and personal hygiene are both important reasons why people fail job interviews. Play it safe and dress smart while feeling comfortable.

  • Having bad manners

Of course, recruiters want to hire employees that have positive attitudes. During a job interview, there are certain habits to avoid in order to maximise your chances of getting the job. No bad postures, chewing gum or having your mobile phone out – which must be on SILENT! Try to remember to be polite.

bad attitude in job interview

bad attitude interview

  • Too long or incomplete CV

People often fail job interviewscompleted, as a summary of your career and experiences and remember that the employer will most likely have the CV in front of them in the interview. Make sure it’s something that you’re proud of.

long cv job application

bad cv

  • Not knowing anything about the company

People often fail job interviews because they don’t have any information about the company and about the job they are applying. Be sure to make some research or they won’t hire you. You must know at least the mission of the company, the job description and the required skills for the position. A good thing to do is to establish a list with the reasons you will fit well.

company information recruiter

  • Yawning

Don’t look like you are bored. Yawning or not paying attention is perceived as you were forced to be there. Remember you are making a first impression and you want it to be a good one.

yawning job interview

  • Handshake

It’s almost crazy the importance of the handshake, but for the non-verbal communication is essential in order to not fail job interviews. Make sure you do it with confidence, not too strong but not too weak.

handshake job

  • Checking the time

The day of your interview make sure you have enough time before AND after the interview. Sometimes interview can get longer than expected and if you have somewhere to be after then watch-checking you lose you the position. If the recruiter perceives that you are anxious to leave, they might let you go but won’t call you back.

time job interview

  • Taking it too personally

Sometimes recruiters will make you feel uncomfortable to see how you react to it, so don’t lose your cool and remain calm even if the recruiter asks you tricky questions and may appear a little aggressive – they’re testing your ability under pressure.

bad reaction interview

sensitive job interview

  • Too nervous / over-confident

Recruiters are expecting candidates to be nervous, but try to control it or they might think you don’t trust yourself. On the other side, over-confidence is never the way to go, recruiters will quickly forget you because of your arrogance.

nervous job interview

over confident interview