Getting the interviews, but not the job?

Too many job seekers get to interview stage, then lose the opportunity due to lack of preparation. Researching the company and interviewers before an interview is a great way to prep! But make sure you don’t forget to ‘research’ yourself, too, and understand how your past experience translates into your future performance.

Even better; know exactly what motivates you

We see so many clients at Career Reboot who are missing out on opportunities, because they turn up at a job interview sounding tentative about what they want in a job and why they chose to attend this particular interview.  This really is one of the big frustrations of both recruiters and employers, particularly when your CV appeared ‘perfect for the job’.

No one wants to hire someone just because:

  • They need a job

  • They need the money

Interviewers get excited when you have the skills for the job, a fabulous attitude and you can clearly articulate why their job matches your own career goals and motivation.

What is your motivation for applying for this particular job?

Many people fail to create the career they desire because their motivation is not strong enough. It can take a long time to get where you want to go.  There will be good times and bad.  Your ability to stay focused and motivated is what will keep you on track.  Understanding your motivation is essential. 

The best answers to interview questions about your motivation are honest, but they should also connect to the job you are going for by suggesting that you would be suited to the work.  The stronger your motivation, the greater your chance of success.  The more you can believe the job you are interviewing for aligns with what you truly want, the more your interviewer will sense that you are the perfect person for their job; the more likely you will have a positive outcome, a job offer.

Good answers to the question – What motivates you?

A good answer to any interview question is succinct and makes use of telling detail. Whatever you say about your motivation, you need to back it up with examples from your studies, work experience or extracurricular activities, and it should relate to the skills and aptitudes required for the job you’re going for.

If you are a little stuck in thinking up what this is for you, here are a few experiences to get you started thinking about what motivates you:

Meeting deadlines, targets or goals

Mentoring and coaching others

Learning new things

Coming up with creative ideas to improve something, or make something new

Aligning myself with a well-known and reputable brand I can be proud to be a part of

Analysing complex data in order to draw clear and simple conclusions

Working well as part of a team

Leading a team to success

Completing a difficult project, and seeing it through to the end

Spotting flaws and errors so as to make sure the end result of a project is as good as possible

Finding a way to solve a problem, or overcome a challenge

Using scientifically proven methods to solve problems

Contributing/giving back to my specialist profession

Take charge of your career

If you fail to take charge of your career, someone else will take charge of it for you.  It’s all too easy to end up in a meaningless job which serves no other purpose than to pay your bills.  As your career consumes so much of your life, it has a positive or negative impact on both your happiness and your health and well-being.  Being stuck in a job you don’t like is a recipe for stress and unhappiness.

You deserve to get more from your career.

  • Know what motivates you

  • Research how the job you are applying and interviewing for aligns with that motivation

  • Be sure to tell your interviewer!

Last word

The number of conversations I have with job seekers who can’t understand why they are not getting job offers from interviews, still astounds me.

The fact that they have not figured out that employers don’t want to hire someone who ‘just wants a job’ is mind boggling.

Interviewers will sense if you are excited about their job opportunity or not.  Being ho hum with your answers is not enough.

Get clear about what motivates you.  Know what you want.  You will have a much higher chance of receiving that job offer.

Good luck in your search