If you’re an avid user/consumer of a particular product, chances are, you can easily tell a fake version when you see it. I can’t think of a more “fit” way to summarize what I’m about to explain, hence that example. But what I am trying to say is most times, recruiters and company owners can easily tell if you’re willing and/or experienced enough to get the job done or coming to make things worse during an interview.
In this article, we will be looking at 6 ways a recruiter or anyone interviewing you can easily disqualify you, even before the Interview ends. Of course, you wouldn’t be able to tell until a rejection letter arrives. Let’s take a look at these disqualification reasons.
You Failed the English Assessment
Sometimes It could be the written assessment you took after the interview, but most times, it’s not the test. It could be your spoken English and communication skills during the Interview. Now, I know you might be nervous during the interview but you should be able to construct simple sentences. And please stop using “Am” instead of “I’m”. Know the difference and when to use them. You can learn English with Duolingo and other similar apps.
If you’re nervous before an Interview, the first thing I would recommend is to admit you are nervous. Then try to calm down. Your nerves might not be completely calm until you get into the meeting and start asking/answering questions. It is okay to be nervous.
You have a full-time job and are not ready to leave
You might think it’s not an issue. After all, you know your abilities and believe you can work 2 jobs simultaneously. So, you go into an interview to talk about how you currently have a job but also looking for something else on the side for extra bucks.
Sounds good, but most companies will not hire you if they find out you are currently committed to a full-time job. This is because they are looking for someone who will be committed to this new job full-time or transition from part-time to full-time after your trial period on the job.
Some people show up at interviews to talk about how they currently manage 2 jobs and have time to take on another. Big flex, but don’t do that. Most employers do not want that. They want someone who is available full-time. Most employers also don’t think you can manage 2 jobs at a time unless the job they are offering is part-time and your full availability will not be required. You might burn out at some point if you take 2 jobs.
You’re saying yes to everything, No questions asked
It’s pretty sus. If you show up to an interview and say yes to everything without asking questions then it shows desperation. An interview is an opportunity to talk about your experiences, strengths and weaknesses, not nod to everything and not ask questions or express your curiosity.
You might have a hard time saying NO to some things, but that doesn’t mean you should say yes to everything either.
You should ask your own questions during an Interview. Questions like: How much will be paid? Is the payment gross or net? Do you carry out performance evaluations? If my work is great, how long before I get promoted? Are there other benefits of working at this company? How many days of vacation do I get? How does this company handle work/life balance? Are there any retreats or vacations I should know about? Why you don’t have to ask every one of those questions, it is still important to ask a few as it shows you know your worth and you’re serious about the job and company.
You’re not satisfied with the pay
If you’re not okay with the pay for the job and conversations around the salary or hourly rate, don’t just frown. Tell them how you feel… If your facial expression is not okay with it and you say nothing, you might be replaced by someone else who is okay with that amount and can get the job done. It happens… Recruitment and onboarding cost a lot of money, (this is also why it’s hard to let a good employee go), and companies will do anything to hire someone cheaper.
So, next time you are not okay with the pay, negotiate or be very vocal about it. This is a job interview and they need you.
You’re demanding what’s not offered
I once got on a call with someone and at some point, I asked him, “what motivated you to take this job, why xyz?”, he said it’s because we can work from anywhere and the company could also help with his relocation to a different country. I told him we do not assist with relocation and his heart broke… haha. His reaction was visible.
Then he said, “this is a start for me either way. I could start from here while I grow… and look for relocation options.” – I smiled. That’s not a good sign because he’s already unsatisfied with the deal and he will start looking for other opportunities immediately. He might not even show up to work the first day on the job.
One of the things you should pay attention to before joining a meeting is how you look and your background as well. If It’s an interview, try to get enough sleep some hours before so you don’t look wasted or exhausted on the call. Also, try not to over-dress with accessories and shiny lights in your background. It could be distracting.
You do not understand Diversity and Inclusion
According to Global Diversity Practice, Diversity and Inclusion is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.
So, you need to be okay with working with people from other countries, backgrounds, gender, beliefs etc without judgement or treating them like crap. You need to read more about Diversity and Inclusion, understand it and be open to working with other people.
When you go in an for an interview, it might come up. So, be ready.