Tuesday, April 26, 2016



If you've been on several job interviews without getting a bite, is it you there is something wrong with?

Job Interviews have known more candidates than you, and statistically there is less possibility that you get the job, than you do not get it. But if you constantly reach the round of interviews without landing the job, it is natural to begin to ask yourself what is the cause.

It may be that one initially intended anyone else. It could be someone else was better qualified. But it can also be you.

Those who never once up, they never become number one, where I think it's part of how they act, says Lars Petter Skeie in Adecco Search & Select, which has several thousand job interviews behind.

It may be that one is too fond of talking, that simply talking a little bit away. Some might not be good enough to listen to the interviewer and hear what it is they're asking for.

Skeie says that this often happens if the candidate does not have the experience interviewer looks for and tries to compensate by letting other things.

One can also exaggerate experiences or skills, but these are things we uncover very easily, so it pays to be honest and try to respond concretely. Are there things you've worked with before, but perhaps barely been touched, so be honest about it. For that's the way that most people do not have everything, but one has a lot of it, then you are to some extent anyway. 


Professor of psychology at the University of Bergen, Gro Mjeldheim Sandal, have researched precisely this. She has looked at cultural differences among job seekers in what one thinks it is important to emphasize during the job interview, and compared them with what Norwegian leaders emphasize when considering job candidates during an interview. 

The leaders put the very emphasis on such things that are perceived as open and honest. And this to emerge as genuine is extremely important in the Norwegian context - not to seem like you are trying to fabricate a good impression, says Sandal.

And to be experienced honest, one must be able to talk about their negative sides. In others, especially non-Western cultures, the international research team found that there is an attitude and expectation that it will be disadvantageous to go into something that could be interpreted as weaknesses during a job interview. So one can answer that, "I cooperate equally well with all," or "I did not have any challenges in my old job."

According Sandal will not be positively received by Norwegian employers.

They like that one can reflect on their person. Not only in terms of academic qualifications, but also about your strengths and weaknesses, the challenges you've had, what the hardest thing in your last job was, or what characterizes those you may have a little difficult to work with, says psychology professor .

One can wonder a bit if you get a person who only speak positively, and not willing to go into something negative, how is the person to work with? He or she will take feedback? How mature is the person? And maturity in the Norwegian context act the very much that we have insight into ourselves and how we act on others, says Sandal.

The research suggests that if you give a too polished image of yourself during the job interview, the employer may interpret it as dishonesty, and thus become less positive towards you.

The aim of the job interview is that the employer must determine whether you are the right person for the position. If you appear to be open and honest employer will feel that he or she can depend on the impression you give during the interview, explaining Sandal. 


Although the gab sick can chat out of the competition, it can be a disadvantage to be too quiet too, says Lars Petter Skeie in Adecco:

What am I doing wrong? Job Interview
What am I doing wrong? Job Interview

Extrovert has the advantage. We see enough that those who might have a little more introspective, we need to go a little out of answers. They may not like the situation as well, so it happens that we have to help them a little, or track into areas that are of great interest to them.

Also survey led by Bergen professor confirms that being proactive is seen as positive by Norwegian leaders who interviews job applicants.

That one is a little fore, say things, talk about relevant things even if not directly asked, seems to count positively in Norwegian leaders' assessments, she says.

It can thus be a mistake to wait to say anything until you are directly asked, or not having prepared questions you want to ask the employer. The international survey shows that this is a point that separates Norwegian from many foreign job seekers, especially those from more hierarchical cultures. Many of these cultures will be concerned to show respect and subservience to the interviewer, and therefore will not say anything without being directly asked. This can negatively affect the employers' assessments. 


A council that is repeated ad nauseam, is to do your research before the job interview.

It does not just come and say that you want a job, as head of a cleaning company told. You must show that you have knowledge of the workplace, and to say something about why you want to work precisely where. You must therefore have done your homework before you get there, so you can ask questions and be proactive, says psychology professor Sandal. 

This of preparation is important. You quickly notice who made ​​it and who have not done so. And it's all about motivation. If this is your dream job so they are often very prepared, but if this is only one of a wide range of jobs they've applied for, it is marked, and it gets a little negative, says Skeie.

That you are motivated for the job is thus a very important thing for employers. Even the manager of a cleaning company would have a motivated employee. Fortunately, in such situations help to simply show that you know a lot about now, without the need to sit and talk about the scrubber is one great passion. 


To find out what you're doing wrong during job interviews, it may be useful and instructive to ask the employer afterwards. Adecco recruiter says that it is fully permitted to ask right after the interview, even before you have left the premises, what they are thinking. If you do not belong to the kind that dares to ask so directly, one can wait a few days, and then send an email. 

If you are within what we're looking for, then we will probably often tell it there and then. And if you're missing something, so we often tell that too. But then there are the simpler feedback, which perhaps goes specifically on subjects or experience and stuff like that, says Skeie.

Interview and job search consultant Karalyn Brown tells of Australia that it is not necessarily so easy to get honest feedback from employers.

They are often risk averse, and can not say what the real reason is. They may not be able to put it into words, it may be discriminatory, or difficult for the candidate to swallow, says Brown.

If they are pressured to give an answer, the employer has a tendency to say something you can not take those on, but that is not the truth. For example, they needed with a special qualification, an extra year of experience, etc.

Brown says that it is a cold and lonely world out there, when looking for a job.

I read some research that 75 percent of job seekers never hear back from an employer, she says.

However, it is not completely hopeless. There is nothing to lose by asking for feedback, especially after you've been rejected, or have not heard back on so long that you know it must be interpreted as a no.

And if a person consistently striving job interview, it may be better to seek professional help from a career counselor or interview coach, whose job is to be honest about what pulls you down, says Brown.

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