It’s Tuesday! You know what that means … Let’s Get You Hired! So, looking for a job can be tough. And it’s even tougher because some of the companies hiring are just plain inconsiderate, while others are just indifferent. Small decencies that could make the whole process easier for you are not considered. A phone call here, an email there; these things could make even a rejection less jarring and stressful for you.
However, it is what it is. There’s nothing you can do about the way that employers interact with candidates. But what you can do, is make the hiring process less stressful for yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the bad habits of employers, and what you can do if you’re on the receiving end of them.
Not Calling Back After An Interview
Unfortunately, this is common practice. If you’re not what an employer wants, you don’t get a call. You don’t get a formal rejection. And this can be stressful because even if you want to move on, there’s always going to be a part of you that will think ‘Maybe they’ll call.’ Some employers even explicitly state on job adverts that only candidates who are going to be considered for the role will be called back. And it’s tough holding out hope for an employer that doesn’t want you.
What you can do, is to follow up during your application process. If you submitted an application via email and you haven’t heard back, follow-up. Of course, this should be a formal email and you should keep it short. You can highlight some of the important reasons why you think you would be a good fit, and then ask about the status of your application.
If you have actually had an interview, it’s a good idea to send a Thank You email after. And then you can follow up more seamlessly after a while of not hearing about the status of your application.
Not Calling References
Hiring managers may ask you for a reference list after an interview. And while a majority of companies will call those references, some don’t. In either case, you should have informed your references before-hand. But when companies don’t call, they take away the opportunity for someone else to help paint the picture that you’re trying to paint about yourself. It’s not a great feeling when you know that your references are on stand-by to give a glowing recommendation, but the company never calls.
In this case, there’s not much that you can do. However, if you aren’t asked for a reference list, you should offer one. Ask if it’s necessary, and you might get a better idea of that company’s hiring process.
Focusing Too Much On One Factor
Sometimes during the hiring process, interviewers will focus on a particular skill, and that may lead to you not being able to land the role. After an interview, you need to ask the interviewer if there is anything about your application that they have reservations about. That is, ask them why you may not get the job.
If it’s a skill that can be acquired through training, then you can emphasize your ability to learn and acquire that skill. You may never know what a hiring manager is thinking, or how they are feeling about your application. But you can ask. And if you are able to put their doubts to rest, that’s a step in the right direction for you.
Multiple Interviews When A Candidate Is Not Who They Want
Finally, a hiring decision may be made earlier in the process where employers will realize that you’re not a right fit. However, you may be invited to multiple interviews and even tests. So, again we talk about making inquiries during your application process. Ask what qualities or lack thereof could be giving your employer doubts.
Not getting a job will never be an easy thing to experience. However, you can make sure that you give yourself the best possible chance. And be proactive in finding out where you stand during the application process.
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