More reasons why you didn’t land the job!

By admin
18 May 2015

‘Is it wrong to ask the hiring manager/interviewer about the salary when being interviewed?'

Vincent Mohlabeng, a job seeker who read last week’s article on ‘6 reasons why you didn’t get the job’ sent me an email asking a question which is on most job seekers’ minds. ‘Is it wrong to ask the hiring manager/interviewer about the salary when being interviewed?

The truth is, although it is not wrong to ask this question because it happens to be a huge part of why you applied for the job in the first place, asking about the salary too soon in the interview will most likely be to your disadvantage. There are ways of going about it so that you don’t move from being one of the top candidates being considered to the middle if not the bottom of the scale. When asked how much you earn or expect to earn for the position, it’ may better to indicate that according to the research you did on average (market related) salaries, similar positions pay in the range or amount x to amount y. Then ask if this salary range is in the company’s budget for the position. This conversation would most often take place later in the interview. With the right response, you could avoid giving an amount that is too high, which would have meant they couldn't afford you.

Other contributing factors to you not getting the job could be:

Being too nervous? Being too nervous and fidgeting gives the interviewer the message that you lack confidence. This in turns makes the interviewer question whether you are the suitable person for the job. Avoid being too nervous by preparing thoroughly before the interview. Research the company and position; go through interview questions, practice answering your questions and find techniques to reduce your stress levels.

Talking too little or too much. During one interview, I had an encounter with a candidate who struggled to express herself. Maybe she was the right candidate for the position but because she couldn’t sell herself, the interview panel lost interest. That was the end of it. The key is to keep a balance.

Being overconfident. Confidence is good. Proving that you have great technical and soft skills to get the job done is great but coming across as overconfident might not work in your favour. Find your balance.

Avoid these errors by reflecting on the previous interviews and tweaking areas that need attention. What also helps is to realise that sometimes, the reasons for not being selected for the job have nothing to do with you. It could be that they decided to hire internally, or that they stopped the recruitment process due to other reasons. Take heart and keep going. You and your ideal job will eventually find each other. That is to a large extent, dependent on you, of course.

Contributing Writer: Francine Mashabela

Francine Mashabela is a Career Guidance Practitioner and founder of Uniquely U Personal Development and Career Management Services, a company dedicated to assisting individuals and groups with tools for personal development and career growth. She uses her experience in HR and education and training to help clients reach their dream career goals. Francine is also a radio presenter at Impact radio 103 fm.

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