The staff in the Recruitment department at Plan A interview all day, every day, but not everyone who comes in for an interview makes it through the doors a second and third time; we are very picky and particular with who we bring on to the team. But not everyone is seen as a ‘non-fit’ for the same reason. Today I decided to discuss four of the main reasons candidates do not make it on the Plan A team. Although I’m speaking specific to Plan A, I believe these reasons would be quite standard for all organizations.
- You Didn’t Take Your Time.
When sending out resumes, take the time to make sure that you’re not jeopardizing your chance at employment by being sure that you are sending the right resume and cover letter to the right organization. You have no idea how often I receive resumes addressed to the Human Resources department at Health Sciences North or the Hiring Manager at Bayshore. You also have no idea how frustrating it is when it happens! That in itself makes me want to discard the resume as soon as I see it. When you’re sending out resumes and hoping for a call in return, always ensure that you are addressing the proper department in the proper organization. If you don’t, it makes your work look rushed and sloppy, it makes you look unprofessional, and it can seriously affect your success as a candidate with that organization.
- You Were Too Eager.
Being eager and excited to start working is one thing, but showing up half an hour early and asking when you can start picking up shifts is a little over the top. Recruiters or hiring managers love to see eagerness, but what they love to see even more so is passion. If you are able to get across to your interviewer that you are passionate about your position and love what you do in a way that doesn’t seem over the top or obnoxious, you will win them over. However, if you come across as annoying or you make them feel as though you are wasting their time, you may run into a problem.
- You Spoke Too Highly of Yourself.
There is absolutely nothing worse than interviewing someone who can do no wrong. Having confidence during an interview is key, but being overbearing can make you seem arrogant and a bit too full of yourself. When candidates go into interviews after pumping themselves up, their confidence can sometimes be a bit overbearing and make them seem difficult to manage. Those who are overconfident can often find it difficult to admit when they are wrong or don’t know something — attributes that are not desirable to employers. Making mistakes and not always having the answers is okay – in fact, it’s quite normal – so if, during an interview, a question is asked or a scenario is given and you don’t know the answer, tell them that.
- You Just Didn’t Click.
My boss always tells me, “Go with your gut. If your gut says no, then say no”. You aren’t going to get along with everyone. Sometimes you just won’t click and, for that reason alone, you may not get the position. But think of that as a good thing! If you weren’t going to get along with someone in the organization, why would you want to work there anyways?