Missing out on a job is tough.


But whether it’s nerves, inexperience or overconfidence, it’s often difficult to tell exactly what went wrong. Now a survey of human resource (HR) managers from some of Australia’s biggest companies — including Woolworths, Toll Group, Telstra, Spotless, Rio Tinto, Leighton Holdings, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and News Corp Australia reveals what they’re really thinking. The anonymous results — commissioned as part of a the Generation Success campaign — asked HR managers about what not to do when looking for work.

According to the article, the following are the usual reasons and some real-life scenarios why applicants got dismissed after the initial interview. Here are possible reasons why you failed the job interview.

  • Turning up under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Refusing to answer certain questions
  • Acting arrogant or as if the world owes you something
  • Being overly emotional
  • Talking too much, not engaging in a two-way conversation
  • Failing to prepare and research the company or industry
  • Badmouthing previous bosses
  • Swearing and being abusive
  • A candidate was clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and refused to answer questions about their work history and became overly emotional during the interview.
  • A prospective employee slouch in the chair before slagging off his boss and explaining why he was perfect for the role. “He was arrogant and disregarded his own team, explaining how he was an expert in everything and had been the sole reason that his company had success in his area of the organisation.”
  • A terrible interviewee lost track of the questions and needed to have things repeated multiple times.
  • Woolworths HR director David Guise said too often people forget a job interview is all about the conversation: “It’s tough to have a good conversation if only one person is talking. I remember one interview lasting an hour where I only asked three questions and the second and third ones were when I rudely interrupted the monologue.”
  • Failure to plan and answer the questions at hand and being unable to think of clear examples
  • Arrogance and being negative about previous employers

Job Interview tips:

  • HR managers agreed a standout job hunter has excellent communication skills and shows signs they’re interested in the industry, with strong examples of team work and collaboration.
  • Come well-dressed and be honest and open to discussion
  • Expect questions about experience, technical skills and career aspirations during the job interview
  • Arrive on time
  • Ask valuable questions and take note of the answers

Courtesy of news.com.au

Read here for more Job Interview Tips and Sample Answers.

(updated 2021)

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