Thursday, July 18, 2013

Why Am I Not Getting Hired?

So you recently graduated and feel like you have applied everywhere. You've had a couple interviews but none have worked out. You just want to get your foot in the door! Why won't someone give you a chance?

There are habits that need changing, and obviously something isn't working. We need to make ourselves stand out in a good way. So let's not plead insanity and keep repeating our mistakes. Instead, let's change how we go about applying and interviewing.

Why Am I Not Getting Hired?
This isn't an article, it's an entertaining slideshow from an employer's perspective on why they are not hiring you and what you can do to change that.

This goes not only for recent graduates, but those of you who are looking for a new career or who are still in school and looking for an internship. There are a ton of people out there applying just like you are. It's the little things that can make a big difference and can help you be memorable in a positive way.

Hope it helps!                                                                          (Thank you Bradley Peacock for the link!)

Marykate Kelly

Corporate Relations Manager


  1. Anyone in the market for a job needs to view this harsh reality. If any of this fits you, change your ways now!

  2. If you are lucky enough to get an interview, you need to make yourself stand out. A great idea to show you are confident and willing to take initiative is to white board in-front of your interviewer. Look around the room and if their is a white board available take advantage of it! Incorporate it into your interview. It will show your creativity, thought process and who knows what else.

  3. All great tips! As someone who has interviewed a fair share of recent graduates, I advise you to see what we see. Setup a mock interview w/ a friend and take it seriously. Use a real opportunity in which you're interested as a basis for the meeting. Record it all, play it back and adjust as needed. You need to see what we see and make those changes now so you do not waste a good opportunity. Do you know enough about their company, the opportunity and the market? How's your body language or general mannerisms? Are you repeating yourself or have awkward pauses? There are a million and one things any of us do when nervous at an interview or important meeting. Know your strengths and weaknesses before you get in that room and adjust as needed. Work on them. Practice! We all do something so do not go unprepared. Be critical because we will be. In a competitive market, you cannot afford to not know how you could come across. No one else knows you better than yourself and can make the changes needed to be successful. Good luck! - S. Pawlowski, CUA Marketing Lecturer