Failed interview, we are going to talk here about signs that can make you think that your application is badly started.
What are the signs that you are unlikely to be a successful candidate?
Negative signs: the candidate
The first impression you give is essential for the rest of your job interview and the recruitment process.
For this to work as well as possible, you must first of all avoid being late. It can happen, you are not immune to being delayed by a traffic accident, for example. But if this happens to you, don’t forget to tell your interlocutors and apologize to them when you arrive. The impression you give to the person receiving you is just as important as the recruiter. This person can become your future colleague.
Then, you must give a good image of yourself, it is essential. Your overall appearance should be clean and healthy. Your choice of clothing must also be adapted to the sector and the profession to which you are applying. Generally speaking, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you are hired, you can adapt later to the style of the company.
Finally, a good frank handshake on arrival and when the interview ends.
Throughout the job interview, your attitude can serve you well for the rest of the recruitment.
First, the speaking time must be shared between the candidate and the recruiter. Therefore, you should not monopolize more than 50% of the conversation. To do this, avoid too long answers and know how to listen to your interlocutor. Active listening allows you, attentively, to correctly answer the recruiter’s questions.
Then you need to be able to answer the questions the recruiter asks you. If you don’t know what to answer, it’s a bad sign because the person you’re talking to is waiting for an exchange and seeking to know more about you than what is written in your resume and cover letter. He’s not just looking for an explanation of what he may have already read in your file, now is the time to sell your skills and knowledge.
Finally, prepare for your interview. It is advisable to know the details of the position for which you are present in the room. If you can’t remember which position you applied for, it’s not a good sign for the future! It is the same for the company, it is important to know a minimum of the company in which you are applying to prove that your values correspond to those of the company.
Negative signs: the recruiter
His non-verbal communication
Non-verbal communication is as important as words in the analysis of your interlocutor.
If the recruiter doesn’t maintain eye contact with you, that means they’re elusive and that’s, in principle, not very good news. Indeed, his gaze must be frank and focused on you when he asks you questions, and when he listens to you to show you his interest.
When an exchange between two people goes well, they smile. In the context of a job interview, this is no exception to the rule. If the recruiter doesn’t smile when you’ve seen them smile or laugh before your meeting, that’s already making you uncomfortable, but it means they’re not very enthusiastic about your conversation.
The job interview doesn’t go well when the recruiter gives you the impression, through their body language, that they are closed. Indeed, if he crosses his arms, leans back, or looks towards the door, it is the moment to put yourself in value so that he clings to your personality again.
Your interview is going well if you feel that your interlocutor is interested in your profile and your personality.
But if you don’t feel like he’s listening to you, or seems distracted, that’s a bad sign. Indeed, if he looks at his watch, answers a phone call (oops!) Or does not listen to your answers, you may feel that you are not the preferred candidate. You have to change your approach and get his attention to start a constructive discussion again.
Finally, the recruiter thinks about future questions and takes his time to speak again. This attitude is recognized when he is not enthusiastic or interested in continuing the meeting. You can fill in the pauses by asking questions and make sure that this job interview doesn’t go that bad …