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Looking like there are a thousand places you’d rather be during a job interview is probably not going to get you a job offer … 

 

I just read this article in the Career Development Association of Australia’s newsletter and had to share.

It got me thinking about some of the job candidates I have interviewed in the past, who despite presenting a great resume, and being called in for interviews, didn’t make it to the final cut.

I recall one particular job seeker, who was better qualified, more experienced, and already doing the job on offer with a competitor, but they just didn’t give me the right signals during the process.

When it came to making a decision, it was a really fine line and a tough one to call, but I chose the less qualified and less experienced candidate whose overall communication screamed ‘I really like everything you’re saying, I’m really engaged in what is going on here, and I want to be part of this to help you get where you are going’ over the more qualified candidate.

In fact, I recall one of my previous employers telling me that when it came down to the decision on the job they subsequently employed me for, there was nothing to differentiate between me and the other candidate on paper, or during interview. Except for one thing. They chose me because I smiled at everyone on arrival and when I shook their hands on arrival at the interview, and I did the same when I left!

If you think you might be sabotaging your job interviews, or you keep getting interviews but not job offers, this is worth a read. Click here for more.

Looking like there are a thousand places you’d rather be during a job interview is probably not going to get you a job offer … 

 

(updated 2019)

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