8 Reasons Why You Might Fail an Interview


An interview is always a stressful event for any job seeker. The tension increases significantly if a person has been in search for a long time and suddenly a vacancy appears that is interesting and suitable for him in many ways. Nerves are on edge because the process of getting to know a potential employer or his representative has several nuances that must be taken into account for a positive result. 

Below are 8 main reasons why you might fail an interview. Keep them in mind to do your best at the interview.

1. Being late

Being late is a disgusting habit that can instantly spoil your impression. By ignoring the time, you show people that you don’t value their time at all and don’t consider your meeting important, and an entrepreneur or just a business person, like no one else, knows the value of time and will never forgive you for this. 

If for some reason you are late somewhere (it doesn’t matter if it’s traffic jams or you slipped and fell near the entrance), make it a rule in such cases to call, apologize and warn the person about the delay. The very fact of being late will not change, but the attitude towards you will be different.

2. Poor appearance

Wearing dirty and wrinkled clothes to an important meeting, you demonstrate to everyone that you have absolutely no respect for yourself and therefore others too. This is especially true for shoes: you have no idea how dirty, worn, uncleaned shoes look, no matter what top. Leave excuses in the style of “they trampled their feet in the subway” for someone else - at important events you should look decent. 

It is also worth familiarizing yourself with the dress code. If you have an interview with a reputable accounting company, it is important to choose business-style clothing. The main thing is that the clothes are appropriate and in good condition. Probably obvious, but you should not skimp on the hairstyle - for a man this is one of the key elements of the image. If you wear facial hair, be kind, and take care of it, otherwise, it can play a cruel joke on you.

3. Criticism of past jobs

Even if the team at the last job consisted exclusively of bastards, and the boss was the very fiend of hell, be higher - don't judge. You can always say the standard phrase about the search for new prospects or professional disagreements with management, the dissimilarity of areas of interest. Any competent business answer will be better than throwing mud at former colleagues.

4. Frequent job changes

Nobody likes jumpers. It is much more profitable for an employer to conclude an employment contract with a long-term perspective. While the employee gets used to the new place, while he undergoes some kind of training (if any), until he begins to bring tangible results, the organization incurs the necessary losses in the form of time, finances, nerves, and other things that don't always pay off. 

It is also an indicator of the frivolity of the applicant, who, most likely, doesn't even imagine what he wants, so he “jumps” from place to place. Let's add right away that situations are different: for example, a person is still quite young, trying himself in different endeavors. But in this case, it is necessary to speak frankly with the employer and explain the situation to him.

5. Inability to explain why the company needs you

The fact is that the applicant doesn't always know what information about him is interesting to the manager, so he begins the story almost from childhood about his various achievements, successes, hobbies, grades in the diploma, etc. 

You should understand that the person who is interviewing you is primarily interested in the fact of whether you can solve the tasks announced in the job description or not, as well as your adequacy and reliability as a person. Therefore, you need to convince the employer that you deserve this position for clear reasons. All. Well, still add a couple of details about yourself, if asked. But not too much.

6. Lack of understanding of the specifics of work and responsibilities

If you don't know the scope of this activity, nor the specifics of the work, or don’t meet the requirements, of course, you will be refused - this is obvious. Before going to an interview, don't be lazy - read about the company, its success in professional activities, its features, corporate culture, and mission. The more you know, the more likely you are to get the job you want.

7. Lying or hiding information

Seriously? Are you thinking of hiding something? In our time, when there is a detailed dossier on every person on the network? Now it costs nothing to inquire about someone and be sure that your employer has certainly prepared for your meeting. If at the very beginning of cooperation you are caught in any lie, consider that you have received a red card in this organization. 

If there are difficult, ambiguous moments from past activities, show courage, and speak about them directly - a competent employer will definitely appreciate this.

8. Lack of charisma

A rather ambiguous point, but quite the place to be. You see, the behavior of people at the interview is pretty standard: either extreme stiffness in everything with a very serious face or feverish excitement, poorly appropriate in a business environment. 

Have you watched the 2011 French comedy 1+1? According to the plot, at the very beginning of the film, an aristocrat chained to a wheelchair is looking for an assistant and arranges a full-fledged interview for applicants. Of course, we don't say that for success it is necessary to behave like the second main character Driss but pay attention to his energy, and his mood. A movie is a movie, but if you can stand out in front of an employer in the right way, your chances of success will increase significantly.