When a person doesn’t get the job, they sometimes blame external factors like the interviewer, the time of day, the location, etc. However, according to an October 2014 survey by OI Global Partners, it’s not anyone else’s fault but the person being interviewed.
However, by recruiting the best job search teammates to keep job seekers focused and prepared, there should be no problem landing that next job.
Here are five more reasons why people aren’t getting the jobs they want and the supporters they need on their side in order to earn a spot on the team:
1. The Quarterback
Many job seekers tend to under-prepare for their job interview because most interviewers seem to ask the same interview questions. However, under preparation shows. Fifty-three percent of people fail at interviews, thinking they can “wing” it without preparation, based on results of the OI Global Partners survey.
People need a quarterback in the job search process. When the ball snaps and the QB seems to randomly make a play to a fellow player on the field, it’s not so random after all. Plays may not go according to plan, but the QB had to scope out all his options before making a final decision.
The quarterback can run by all options with the job seeker and how to act accordingly. On top of that, he can teach the job seeker how to deal when the job search doesn’t go according to plan, as well as how to prepare for any situation.
2. The Coach
When a job seeker makes it to the interview stage, they often go in focusing on themselves whether they realize it or not. The OI Global Partners survey states that 54 percent of consultants agree people focus too much on what they want and too little on what the interviewer is saying.
Every job seeker needs a coach to keep them in line. As a player in the game, there are times when job seekers want to ignore the coach and do what they feel is best. In the end, the play ends up backfiring, and the player realizes they should have never went against the coach in the first place.
The coach has experience, and it is important not only to hear what he is saying, but to actually listen and learn from him. That way, when the job seeker goes through the interview, they won’t make it about themselves and have the interviewer’s best interest at heart.
3. The Fans
When it comes to the interview, an interviewee can say all the right things but still not get the job. An interviewer can’t just hear what the job seeker is saying — they have to feel it. According to the OI Global Partners survey 56 percent of professionals say interviewees do not show enough interest and excitement during a job interview.
That being said, the job seeker needs fans in their life — for motivation. The fans don’t have to necessarily be people to help job seekers in the job search process, but they are the people job seekers keep in the back of their minds at all times.
So, next time the job seeker goes through an interview, their answers will naturally be passionate and come from the heart because they have people that they want to make proud.
4. The High School Coach
Another common mistake that interviewees make is, when they talk about their future, they neglect to bring up their past, which is more important than people think. Believe it or not, the OI Global Partners survey states that 64 percent of consultants say people fail to successfully transfer past experience to the current job opportunity.
It is crucial for the job seeker to never forget the person who made them into who they are today. It is always beneficial to reconnect with past mentors and never forget the lessons and practices that made them into the performer they are today.
That way, when job seekers acknowledge the past and how much it has affected their performance today, bringing those experiences up during an interview becomes second nature.
5. Your True Self
Telling a person to remember who they are seems so simple, but it’s hard to do when push comes to shove. It is easy to get caught up in what the interviewer wants to hear and end up losing themselves along the way with their answers.
A job seeker may think saying what is expected from them separates them from the crowd, but it actually has the opposite effect. Referring back to the OI Global Partners survey, the number one reason why people don’t get hired during interviews is because they do not sufficiently differentiate themselves from others, according to 67 percent of career consultants.
Many people should be on the job seeker’s side when they are in the middle of the job search, but the captain of the job search team starts from within. No good ever comes from being a person people think employers want to see.
When candidates try to be someone they’re not, they tend to blend in, showing no unique skills and end up sitting on the sidelines. However, when a person displays unique characteristics and stays true to themselves, that is when they add value to the team.
What are other reasons why job seekers aren’t getting jobs, and what can they do to fix it?