7 Things that Might Prevent You From Getting Your Dream Job

10 February 2014

  1. Attitude

    Attitude is one of the most vital aspects of getting employment. Potential employers look for candidates with a high level of enthusiasm and who show a sign of future dedication. If you attend an interview with no energy or motivation for that matter, chances are you will not be hired because firstly, the interviewer will be put off by your attitude and secondly, your negative attitude will give the impression that you might be a difficult person to work with. Pay special attention to body language because it speaks volumes.

  2. Qualifications

    An employer may see qualifications on paper, but what they are more interested in, is how much knowledge one has acquired from that particular qualification. This is a sign of one's ability to learn and remember concepts taught. Employers will quickly dismiss the idea of hiring someone who does not show aptitude.

  3. Questionable work history

    If there are gaps in your CV with no valid reason as to why you were not working, chances are you might not get the job. Having gaps in your CV questions the reasons as to why you left your last job, and whether your future employer will be able to retain you. Companies like employing candidates who have stable working history because this is a sign of stability and loyalty.

  4. Inappropriate dress code

    When going for an interview, it is very important for you to look the part. Business casual attire is normally the best way to go for most interviews "it shows a certain level of professionalism and care. Even when you are going for an interview at a company that always dresses casually, you must be all suited and booted for your interview, first impressions always lasts. Only if you are hired, you can then dress according to the company's culture.

  5. Nervousness

    Unfortunately nervousness will never work in your favor, if anything, you will end up forgetting things that you know and may cause unnecessary stuttering in your speech. This will result in your potential employer questioning your ability to perform in public and under pressure. There is nothing wrong in asking to be excused for a minute to try regain your composure.

  6. Unrealistic salary expectation

    As much as you know how much you want to earn, your potential employer also has an idea of what they want to over for a particular position, based on experience and qualifications required. If the hiring manager feels they cannot meet your salary expectations, chances are you will not be hired. So it is important to do research on what the market related salary is for the particular job you are applying for.

  7. Stronger Candidates

    If you don't give the interviewer an exceptional interview, chances are another candidate will get the job. There must be a "wow factor" about you, something that will make you stand out from all the other candidates. Proper research will help you" ask questions and engage with the panel. The most enjoyable interviews are the ones that take a conversational form because candidates are more likely to be relaxed.

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