Countdown…Top 101 reasons candidates didn’t get the job

The other day my husband and I were driving to dinner. I was feeling a bit frustrated because one of the job seekers I was working with didn’t get the job she was applying for and the reason was something silly. This happens more often then I like to remember and so my husband suggested, “Honey, why don’t you start a list of some of the silliest and simplest reasons people have not gotten hired and share it with your candidates before they go into their interviews.” At first I thought that some of these reasons might be too simple to mention, but it is the little things that make the biggest difference in an interview. Over the next few months I will begin compiling a list of the top 101 reasons people didn’t get the job. Here are the first 10:

1) A job seeker went in for an interview and was wearing too short of a skirt, needless to say the client passed.
2) A legal secretary misspelled the word “litigation” on a legal spelling test.
3) A male showed up to an interview and WAS NOT WEARING SOCKS on the interview-the client was so disgusted they immediately passed.
4) In the final stages of an interview, a candidate got the company name wrong
5) A job seeker went in for an interview and looked everywhere except at the interviewer (good eye contact is always critical!)
6) After looking for a job for over 2 years, a job seeker finally got an interview and showed up 15 minutes late
7) A candidate passed every test, however, on one test, she second-guessed herself and changed a few of her answers at the last minute which led to her failing one of the necessary tests and being passed on.
8) During a phone screen a job seeker was asked to describe her typical day and was unable to clearly communicate what she did on a day to day basis.
9) During a 3rd and final interview a candidate decided to wear perfume and the perfume was so overpowering that no one in the office thought they could work with her.
10) A candidate went through 5 interviews with everyone in the company and after the final interview received an offer, however she sent a thank you letter that looked something like this:

Hi ___!

I am really super excited to work for you! This is exactly what I have always wanted to do) Cannot wait to work with you!!!!

Job Seeker

Needless to say, the company rescinded the offer.

As you can see, there are many silly little things that can easily lose you the job. Stay tuned for more of my top 101 reasons why people didn’t get the job offer…

Red Rover, Red Rover it is time to switch jobs over…

It is that time of year again. The time of year where everyone makes their New Year’s resolutions: find the perfect mate, lose 10 pounds and of course…find a better paying and more rewarding job! January through March is often the busiest time of the year for employers and recruiters alike. Christmas bonuses have been received, raises have been given, or not given, and people are ready to jump ship. What are the top 3 things you need to know if you are looking to make a move this January?

1)   There is more competition then ever before. In 2010 the people who were employed were just trying to keep their jobs, but now they feel underpaid and undervalued and are willing to fight for what they are worth. This said, it is more important then ever to prepare even more thoroughly before you next interview. Get a coach or ask a friend to go through the typical interview questions with you. If you know a recruiter, ask them to send you tutorials to brush up your skills.

2)   There is finally room to negotiate again. Last year, whatever jobs were available were simply out of necessity and therefore the money just was not there. This year, employers are actually considering adding on additional talent. It is because of this that there will finally be more money on the table. For the first time in 3 years I am beginning to see people get offers for what they are really worth (not quite as good as 2005-2007, but definitely better!)

3)   Linkedin is the hottest new place to find a job. Fortune 500 companies and private companies alike are turning their recruiting departments towards Linkedin. It is one of the fastest growing and most cost effective ways to find new talent. It is important that you put together a full profile which includes: a summary of your work history, a picture, recommendations and groups.

If you do these 3 things you will be ready to ring in the New Year with the job you have been waiting for.