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Numerous surveys have revealed the top 10 reasons why employers reject candidates:

  1. Inappropriate dress sense
  2. Lack of enthusiasm
  3. Bad manners
  4. Lack of preparation
  5. Lack of inquisitiveness about the company
  6. Interested only in salary
  7. Body language
  8. One word answers
  9. Failure to show ambition
  10. Poor eye contact

So what does all this mean?

  • The biggest turnoffs for interviewers are a lack of enthusiasm and an unsuitable dress sense.
  • Studies suggest over half of employers make their decision about you during the very first minute of the interview! The way you dress and your interview presentation is vital.• Lack of ability does not make the top ten reasons for not employing an applicant! It is taken as a given at this stage that you have the skills to do the job.
  • The reasons are heavily biased towards the impression the candidate creates through their appearance, verbal and body language and their attitude.
  • It may well be your technical ability and experience that gets you in front of the interviewer, but it is the way you present yourself that will get you the offer. The first impression you create is crucial.

What is the cause of job interview mistakes?

Lack of preparation
Interviews are supposed to be prepared for. Without this you simply cannot perform well. It can never be achieved by winging it on the day. All that will show through is a lack of preparation.

Lack of knowledge
Why would anyone seriously looking to invest their energy and time in a company not bother to find out about them?

Poor presentation |
This is crucial to the impression you make. It is about the combination of your grooming and body language, and how you say what you say.

Getting your presentation right can be more challenging to grasp. I’ve found this to be the area where the most work needs to be done, but it is also the area where you can gain the biggest advantage over your competition. As you improve you will be able to leave them further and further behind.