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In a recent study conducted by Placement Consultants at Times Seach Inc. it was observed that employers and headhunters usually focus on 3 specific categories in identifying the right person to fill the right job; Expertise, Leadership, and Communication.

1. Customizing your resume to fit the bill:

The first question that any candidates should ask themselves when preparing for an interview is whether they are trying to be interviewed for a position that matches their skill sets or are they customizing their resumes in order to fill a position. You see a CDMA software engineer with a rough background on maintenance would still have difficulty landing a Maintenance Engineer position even if he or she highlights that particular experience in his or her resume. A candidateís resume is usually the first way of gauging his or her expertise. Customizing your resumes to fit a position is the best way to fail an interview.

2. Showing your lack of industry knowledge to impress your future boss:

How much do you know the industry sector you wish to join? Do you know anything about the company you are joining?

These two questions usually can break or make your chance in landing a job. Employers and recruiters would like to find qualified individuals with knowledge of the industry. Knowledge of the industry usually shows how much or how little a candidate can bring into the new team.

Okay, so you want to join this multi-national company that offers $60K a year plus bonuses and allowance. You know that the company has travel and relocation options, plus alpha commission schemes. But what do you really know about the company and about the job they are offering? Having an interest in the industry sector, the company and the new job shows the candidates skills, leadership and character.

So if you wish to fail the interview, donít surf the internet for valuable information about the new job or the new company.

3. Communication:

In talking to interviewers, honesty and candor are valuable attributes in a potential executive, and companies seek executives or team members who know their strengths and weaknesses. In interviews, concise and clear answers usually impress the interviewer as this shows confidence and knowledge of the given industry.

What most candidates fail to understand is that an interview is a two-way process. This is where the boss and the potential new team members meet for the first time. It is important that you as a candidate listen to what options, programs and or projects the company would have. And it is equally important that as a potential new member that you begin asking questions. Asking short and specific questions about the company and the job are good ways to show your level of enthusiasm and interest.


Failing an interview is easy and can be based on the following reasons; Customizing your resume only to fit the bill, Proving that you donít know anything about the industry, the company and the job, and communication skills and Showing lack of interest by not asking questions during interview are your best ways to fail that interview for the job that youíve been wanting.


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From Pakistan, Karachi
Hi Amit,
Yes it is good! but majority of people just ignore these good points. I hope this article will help job seekers to learn the essence and apply them in reality. Anyway, thanks for your appreciation.
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From Pakistan, Karachi
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