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Interview feedback from hiring managers…listen up job seekers!

Suppose you have gotten to the interview stage with a hiring manager for a job. Most likely you have probably already been screened by a recruiter and/or someone from Human Resources to get to this point.  Therefore, you have made the cut over many other applicants and you’ve been scheduled for a phone interview with the decision maker or someone with lot of influence over who will be hired. Here is some common feedback managers give their recruitment agencies or HR after phone interviews with candidates.  If you have had a few rejections after phone interviews without a good explanation, evaluate this common feedback regarding job interviews and think of any of them could fit.

1. The candidate was arrogant. You should absolutely be confident but don’t cross the line to over confidence.  This is very often the reason candidates that have the skills the manager wants, do not get the job.  Be very careful not to appear condescending or too sure of yourself.  It will make a negative impression.

2.  The job seeker couldn’t talk about what was represented on their resume. This issue is raised very often from hiring managers.  If you can not discuss professional experience in relationship to any skill listed in your resume, it should not be on your resume.  If it is on your resume, it is open game.  Fluff or filler is easily detected when you get to the phone interview stage.

3. I couldn’t tell what the candidate actually did because he spoke in generalities about his team and not  specifically enough about him/herself. Be sure to talk in terms of what you did in your previous jobs.  Managers are sometime left unsure of what a candidate’s actual hands-on skills or responsibilities were because the person they were interviewing talked more in terms of “we”.  The manager isn’t hiring your previous team so be sure to break your responses down to your personal tasks, actions, accomplishments.

4.  The candidate seemed distracted. Be sure you are focused on the manager and nothing else.  It goes without saying that you should ignore other calls that may come in while you are on the phone.  Stand up but do not walk around while you are talking.  Your voice will project much better.  Listen carefully and let the interviewing finish their sentences before you begin responding.  (interrupting is common feedback in itself).

If you are having a lot of phone interviews and not being invited to meet the manager in person, it would be wise to do some analysis and evaluate how your attitude and responses may be been perceived.  This type of feedback can sometimes be difficult for a recruiter to deliver but let them know that you are open to any and all feedback because you would use it constructively.  Ask your employment agency for their help. They want you to get the job!

Click here to see How to Answer the Top 5 Common Interview Questions

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