Why do we fail in interviews?

There are numerous reasons for an interview that may not go well. Many candidates who try to learn from their last interview mistakes, asking themselves – why did my last interview fail and how should I avoid this interview failure next time?

The way you regulate and handle an interview failure, directing out key factors and working on these ideas will support in future interviews results.


1. You were not well- Prepared:

Have you analysed the website, studied information about the company, profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter profiles of your interviewers? Unfortunately, few people come to an interview without knowing what position and company they are requiting for. No one expects you to have an in-depth knowledge of the internal structure, but knowledge about products/services. However, the rest of the conversation goes very well, you may not be successful due to a lack of knowledge about the company.

2. Providing message too much:

Stable, brief and important answers are way to success. Not everyone is fluent and has rapport building skills, we are aware of that. Try to prepare a solid answer as to why you are interested in the company and position. Ask yourself: What first attracted you this company? What about the company’s mission/Vision? How does this position fit into your professional journey and your career aspirations? Always listen to the questions asked and keep your answers relevant to the subject. Don’t over talk and never interrupt the interviewer. Try to get connected to respective company employees, reach out to them and get to know more about why they love working there. Be yourself as not only skill but also personality traits are considered during the selection process.

3. Failed in First Impression:

First impressions are everything. “Eye contact is very important as is a firm handshake. Don’t cross your arms – you can keep your hands folded on your lap or right in front of you on the table. Try to avoid exhausting large amounts of makeup/jewellery, strong perfume or flashy hair so that the interviewer can truly listen on what you’re conveying.

4. You are too good

Acting too eager or proud will give the interviewer the impression that you are hard to manage. During the interview, if you are hyper-excited or know-it-all trends may compel you to cut the interviewer off mid-question, but avoid interrupting at all costs. Sometimes companies look for candidates with less work experience. If your professional experience indicates that you are an independent specialist this will raise concerns whether you will get bored, that you won’t be challenged, and you will start looking for a new job in a short time.


5.You do not exist on Professional and social media:

Are you using Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin? You should probably think twice! In social media, employers and recruiters tend to research potential employees online. Is the information on each social media profile intelligible? What does the candidate like to do in their free time? Is he really interested in what he talked about at the first interview? These types of questions appear in the head of a recruiter and social media responds to them very quickly. What if you don’t have an online presence? This will definitely raise a few questions: do you have something to hide? Of course, you don’t to be on every portal, but it’s worth thinking about Linkedin, especially, when you are on a hunt for a new role.

6.Lack of determination or negative attitude

Maximum of the candidates who really impress with their experience lack energy and motivation. Is this candidate strong-minded? Will they give their 100% and beat expectations? If you apply for roles that match with your interests, experience and professional profile, you should avoid these questions. Not only knowledge but also attitude and genuine interest in the potential employer are extremely important. Your success during the interview process will consist of many factors – skills, experience, attitude, determination but also rapport building skills and approach to the conversation. By using this, in the next interview, go with smiling and showing interest for the company and show some of your personality and enthusiasm for your own interests and goals.

7. Unclear and Dishonest Answers:

Employers are able to analyse through created and dishonest answers. So, keep the conversation positive and useful and don’t stay on previous or past failures and negative circumstances. Just follow these rules and you’ll find it hard to fail in an interview:

  1. For any Previous/ Past failure, what was your learning?
  2. For any weakness, what is your solution?

Always remember “the problem is not the problem on other side how you dealt with the problem.”

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