If your job interviews aren't resulting in job offers, you could be sabotaging yourself.Job interviews are the last step to receiving a job offer. That doesn't mean every interview will land you an offer, not every interviewee can get the job. However, if you are going to a lot of interviews and not getting any job offers, it's possible that one of these five things could be holding you back.Bad first impression If you make a bad first impression, you could still land the job, but it will be a very difficult hurdle to overcome. Things that can contribute to a bad first impression? Showing up late for the interview, not dressing appropriately, or not acting professionally during the interview. Before interview process begins, rehearse your interviewing skills with someone who can, and will, give you honest feedback.You don't explain why you're qualified for the job Employers seek job candidates with specific qualifications relevant to the position. Discover what qualifications your interviewer is looking for. If you don't have the required qualifications, then don't waste your time or theirs. Instead, search for jobs for which you are qualified, and practice explaining how you are qualified to hold the job.You talk negatively about your current or previous employer What goes on in the mind of an interviewer when she hears trash talk against a former or previous employer is, “Will this person talk bad about me or my company?” Granted, there are some bad employers out there, but learn to talk about your employment experiences tactfully so that you don't have to go negative.You haven't researched the company If you have not researched the company, it will show. Put some legwork upfront and learn something about the organization that you can discuss in the job interview. Being prepared will demonstrate to the person interviewing you that you have come prepared and are engaged in the process.You don't ask questions about the job If you have taken the steps necessary to demonstrate your qualifications for the job and have researched the company, you should have no problem coming up with a few strategic questions to ask your interviewer about the job. Write them down before you leave your house, and keep them handy so that you can refer to them during the interview if you get stuck. When interviewing for a position, take the time to make a good first impression, research the company, ask good questions, rehearse your job qualifications and keep the conversation positive. This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.
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5 Questions to Ask Potential Employers at Job Networking Events
When networking for a job, ask specific questions about the company and their open positions so that you can assess whether you're a good fit. These questions will help your identify opportunities for your career.Networking for a job is one of the most important things you can do to help achieve your short term career goals and to ensure you have a long and rewarding career. Few people stay at the same company for life any more. That means, networking for your next job should be a continuous endeavor. Attending networking events is one way to keep yourself in front of potential employers and keep your career moving forward.Here are five questions to ask potential employers at your next job networking event.Is your company hiring right now, or are you looking for a future hire? Just because a company sends a representative to a networking event doesn't mean they're hiring right now. Many human resources directors go to such events to keep their company in the spotlight for potential employees. Asking this question will help you identify which employers are hiring right now, and which might have job opportunities in the future.Where do you see your company being in 5 or 10 years? In today's rapidly-changing world of work, job security is never guaranteed. But, it's often more likely with a company that has a clear vision for the future. This question should reveal the organization's plans to remain sustainable and to better understand the kind of opportunities that might be available.What is a normal career path for someone holding that position? By asking this question, you can evaluate your own career path to see if you are a good candidate for a particular position. It's also a great way to learn about potential directions you can take your career in the future.What should a person read before taking that position? This is an important question that reveals the values of the company, and the person in front of you. That could be important if the person at the networking event is also the hiring manager.Are there any special preparations, career steps, or job/educational qualifications necessary for that position? If a position requires any special education or career prerequisites, you want to know that up front. If you aren't qualified today, you can determine whether or not that position is important enough to you to pursue the right qualifications.Job networking events give you an opportunity to match your current skills and qualifications with open job positions right now while evaluating where your career can be in the future.This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.