3 mistakes that can hinder you getting to the interview stage

Facing the recruiter is the possibility of consolidating your profile for a job vacancy. 

The moment of the interview is indispensable for the recruiting person to know a little more about you, assess your skills, behaviors and experiences , to understand if you are the right person for the vacancy.

But for this to happen, it is necessary to go through several stages, such as curriculum selection, tests, tests, etc.

And why might you not be prepared for it? Usually the search for a job opportunity is done on impulse, there is no strategy, no preparation, and when that happens you don’t get to the interview stage.

These are the 3 most common mistakes candidates make:

  1. Lack of Focus;
  2. Inadequate curriculum;
  3. Lack of preparation.

Below, I will detail each one of them, so that you understand better.

1. Lack of Focus

You may find it exaggerated, but the majority of candidates or candidates seeking replacement do not know what position they want.

They simply send resumes without filters and for any opportunity, even those that do not match their experience and skills.

Did you know that  80% of resumes are discarded?

In my trainings I talk about CV SPAM , which is nothing more than sending without total control , generating only anxiety, since it does not bring concrete results.

For a job search to work, planning and an assessment of your knowledge, experience and professional level is necessary.

And for that, you need to practice self- knowledge and answer some questions:

  1. What opportunities do I find according to my experiences, knowledge and skills?
  2. What is my current professional level?
  3. What salary range do I want to receive?
  4. What type of contract or work format am I interested in?
  5. What location do I want to work?
  6. What kind of company and culture do I want to be part of?
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By answering these questions, you have an inventory that will direct your search. That way, you will have more assertive opportunities and according to what you are looking for.

I know life is complicated, but it won’t do any good to get into a job that pays less or work in something you don’t like.

The idea is that you get a job and move on with your career. So, if you can wait, plan and make strategic applications.

In 2019, I assisted a person who sent almost 20 resumes a day for various vacancies: receptionist , administrative analyst, mining technician and production engineering.

And amazingly, she was a production engineer, but never worked in the area, only as a mining technician, and had been looking for opportunities for 8 months.

The first thing we lined up was just to apply for vacancies in your area. As a result, resume submissions dropped from 20 to 5. And do you know what happened? She started to be called twice a week for selection processes.

So stay focused!

2. Inadequate Curriculum

Imagine you’re talking to someone and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

The same thing happens with some resumes I receive. It’s difficult to understand which vacancy a person wants, how long he worked at previous companies, what he did and what results he delivered.

Keep this in mind: the function of the resume is simply to say whether you fit the job profile or not.

It is not set up to tell your whole story, only what is important for the vacancy in question.

You don’t need to put a summary of a whole sheet, include all your documents, all the companies you’ve worked with and list all your courses taken since 2010.

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That’s not what the recruiter wants to see.

The moment of selection is done to validate that you know how to do what the vacancy asks and that you have the required requirements.

So, some data that your document needs to have are:

  1. Contact details: city, state, telephone, e-mail and Linkedin;
  2. Objective: write the position you are applying for;
  3. Professional Summary: a maximum of five lines, according to what is described in the vacancy;
  4. Academic background ;
  5. Experiences: with entry and exit date, activities and results;
  6. Courses.

3. Lack of Preparation

Most people are not prepared for the interview stage

I had a conversation with a person who was distressed because he had sent his resume to a dream company. He was sure he wouldn’t be called, but he was and he didn’t know what to do. The next step was to fill out a questionnaire and record a 1-minute presentation.

And when that happens, what do we do?

You have two paths: let your dream go or play.

But to play you need to be prepared, you may have to record videos, take tests, create a presentation, etc.

If not, start preparing now.

There are many free courses on YouTube, for example, that can help you improve some skills and bring new knowledge about different tools. So, be sure to search and access these contents.

If you need to record a video, train as many times as necessary with your cell phone, take care of lighting and sound, don’t waste time thinking about editing.

There is no magic formula for who is called for an interview , what exists is preparation.

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All stages of the selection process are eleminatory and you need to be prepared for all of them.

I hope this knowledge helps you do better.

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