Job searching does not guarantee a direct entry to a position regardless of the experience or the staffing agency you have used. Some jobs have rounds of interviews, which can leave applicants frustrated at the end of the cycle. From the selected pool, the recruiter keeps dropping candidates when they feel they are not a match at that stage.
Sometimes, you fail to receive a second invitation from the staffing agency based on a few things such as how you present yourself, being dishonest, among others. Let us look in detail at what can be your biggest hiccups for securing the second round.
Reasons Not Related to You
Sometimes, you are not the problem. Whenever you fail to secure a second interview with the staffing agency, do not be hasty to conclude it is all your fault. Some reasons not related to you may include:
1. Employer Changing Needs
An employment agency may reschedule how it does things, mostly because of financial constraints, change in location, and team re-allocation. If it was in the process of interviewing candidates, such positions may be canceled to avoid inconveniencing the new employee with payment issues. When this happens, the recruiter informs you apologetically about the change of plans.
2. You Were not a Good Cultural Fit
During the interview, the staffing agency can ask you the kind of environment you enjoy working in. this question is important as it helps with determining whether you will be happy in the workplace, which affects your productivity.
If the company is a large setup with a lot of parties and interactions, the hiring manager may feel the environment will not good for you if you are an introverted person. Here, you do not get disqualified because you are incompetent, but because the environment will do you more harm to your mental wellbeing.
3. The Hiring Manager Has Someone Secretly in Mind
The hiring manager at the employment agency might have someone they want to fill the position in mind and refuse to disclose. It becomes time-consuming for other candidates since no matter how qualified they are, they will still lose the chance to the other person. It is a mean thing such recruiters do since it could have saved people’s energy and time.
Reasons You Fail to Get a Second Interview (You Can Control)
While some reasons are out of your control, you can fail to get a second interview for reasons you can control such as:
1. You Blew the First Interview
There is so much you can do to blow the first interview. For example, not knowing about the company, failing to address the recruiter with the right name, being rude, and answering questions poorly.
2. You Did Not Tell the Right Story
When attending an interview, the staffing agency is not interested in listening to you brag about your accomplishments. The key point here is how you will bring the skills gained to the company to help it grow.
However, there is no sure way of telling whether the company will give you a chance to specifically give your pitch. Here, you need to be smart by accompanying your pitch with your accomplishments when presenting yourself.
3. You Did Not Send a Thank You Note
A thank you note is often neglected by candidates when applying for jobs. Some recruiters give priorities to candidates that send this note.
4. You Did Not Follow Instructions
The recruiter always thinks about what happens next after hiring you. If you fail to follow instructions, they can only imagine how challenging it will be working with you. Send the requested documents for the first interview and in the required format. It will take your application a step further.
5. You Were Too Persistent
It often happens during follow-up. After sending the thank you note, avoid being tempted to nag the hiring manager about the position and wait for feedback as promised at the right time. Sending too many emails can put the recruiter off since it shows your inability to let things go. If you don’t hear back from the company, it is best to move on.