Six Reasons Why You Did Not Get the Job


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If you have made it to the interview table; you have essentially the appropriate skills and experience and it is simply a matter of how you present and conduct yourself. However, as a recruitment agency we always endeavour to provide feedback to a candidate whenever they have been unsuccessful in gaining employment.

Consider the Following:

Dress for Success and Dress for the Role - Regardless of the dress code of a company/hospital you must look your best, preparation shows you want the job.  An interviewer can decide in 10 seconds that they do not want you and it will take them much longer to decide that they do want you.  Therefore, dress on the conservative side, simple and neat, as a result you will not disqualify yourself. Graduates may sometimes have a too casual look, perhaps confusing what once was with what now is.

Body Language – ‘body language always tells the truth’ - Communication skills are important in every job but in the medical field, these skills can be the difference between life and death.  Body language is just as important as speech. If an interviewer is uncertain as to whether a candidate is being honest on a particular matter it is the candidate’s body language which will reveal their personality.  An interviewee should listen actively, show interest in the statements and questions made by the interviewer.

An interviewee should sit in a proper upright manner confident and relaxed, hands should be kept still and it is crucial to maintain eye contact with all interviewers.

As recruiters we cannot emphasise enough the extent of body language, gestures and the tone of your voice when it comes to success at an interview.  Statistics show that a person can be judged 55% on appearance, 38% by tone of voice and only 7% of what they actually say.  You can therefore dramatically increase your chances of interview success just by studying and rehearsing your own body language and voice.

Poor Communication Skills - Did you exhibit inadequate communications skills? There are many reasons that healthcare workers must have excellent communication skills, such as: explaining a diagnosis, condition or treatment; discussing treatments, conditions and diagnosis with patients; speaking with family members; speaking with other healthcare professionals and communicating bad news.

Good communication skills are essential in the medical industry because they help build trusting relationships between healthcare professionals, as well as patients and their families.

Did you answer the questions sufficiently? Active listening skills are critical for effective patient-centred care, especially for obtaining important medical information.  Open and clear communication through active listening is essential in the medical industry.

Lack of Preparation - Did you study the company/hospital in detail and did you prepare a list of questions? Candidates who do not ask questions represent the number one behaviour which causes recruiters to lose confidence, it is impossible to succeed at an interview without making a genuine effort to ask a number of well-considered questions. Researching a company and compiling your own list of questions will demonstrate enthusiasm.  Failing to ask appropriate questions will exhibit a negative attitude.

Motivations were unclear - Did you explain explicitly why you in particular want the job or were your answers too vague? Highlight your interest in the job. It is your objective to stand out from other candidates and the interviewer is trying to understand why they should give you the job, perhaps consider in advance of the interview what motivates you and what attributes and skills you can take to a company/hospital.

You did not match the company’s culture - You may not have done anything in particular wrong but what you must study is the typical employee of a company and imitate that image during the course of the interview, because it is in demonstrating your personality, appearance and attitude which will determine how well you will simply blend into a company/hospital and have the aptitude to work as part of a team.

Arrogance - There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, if a candidate demonstrates a superior attitude then this could mean they will be difficult to manage.  Your purpose is to establish a confident, modest and discreet personality.  A candidate’s demeanour at an interview should shine but bear in mind confidence requires a delicate balance.