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over 1 year ago by Elk Recruitment
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I am so disappointed, I felt I did a great interview and I still didn’t get the
job, What? This is not an uncommon occurrence as there are so many
factors at play during the interview itself and broader hiring process that you
unfortunately have no control over.   Although doing the pre-interview prep
work like Googling the interviewers, company website and knowing the job
spec and your CV inside out are imperative, it does not necessarily mean
you will get the job, so prepare yourself for this real possibility.

For the most part, the practical side and logistics of the interview is fairly
generic across the board and most interviews will follow the same interviewing
format and questioning.   The part of the interview we don’t have any real
control over is the cultural & personality traits the employer has identified as
important to making the position a success within their companies cultural
setting.  So although you may think you are a perfect fit for the role, you
answered the questions extremely well and gave an excellent account of
yourself, you may also have come across as too brash, too quiet, too meticulous,
too prepared, too qualified, too polished, too cocky, too intrusive, too
confrontational, too relaxed, too confident or indeed too funny to fit in with
this employer.  With another employer these traits could have been perfect.

Cultural & personality questions like 1. How do you deal with teams? 2. Tell me
about an excellent day you had in work? or 3. How do you deal with conflict? will
let you know that the company has a strong emphasis on culture within their
organisation. The only way to answer these questions is as honestly as possible
but do let the interviewers know that you have the ability to adapt well in different
types of working environments and be prepared to give examples.  So in summary
if you are not chosen for a role, don’t panic, they might have inadvertently done you
a favour. Try and get some feedback though, dust yourself of and go again,
eventually the doors will open for you.