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Why Your Attitude Is The Reason You Failed The Interview

Posted by | August 19, 2015 | Graduate Article

By Selipha Kihagi

Attitude is a big determinant to how you are going to fair in the job interview you are going to, so if interviewer perceives you to have a bad one, be sure they will not be impressed. An employer will not hire candidates who appear snobby, arrogant or unfriendly, which can be easily spotted from the way you talk, your facial expression or generally your body language.

Sheila Cheptoo, a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services says she does not understand why candidates will go as far as the interview, only to end up looking disinterested through out the session.

I have come across candidates who will answer a call during the interview, others who give you Yes and No answers with no will to explain themselves further and even some who will literally smirk at almost all your questions,” says Sheila.

“Just from someone’s body language you can tell who is serious about the job and who is not”.

How Your Bad Attitude Becomes A Problem

How is your posture? Are you smiling? Do you look gloomy or bored? Are you keeping eye contact? Did you make a face? It is some of these key things that the interviewer will consider from the minute you walk into the room, to see how suitable you are.

Justus Ng’etich, also a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services has also had his share of bad interviews where a candidate will come into the room and you can’t seem to understand why they came in the first place.

One time a candidate came in and told me that he does not think he is interested in the position because the salary is little. Sometimes you have to ask, if you already saw the salary quoted in the job advertisement, why did you apply? Why are you even coming in for the interview?”

He adds that some candidates are outright rude during the interview, they will interrupt the interviewer mid-sentence or even expect them to know what they did in their previous positions.

A CV is a documentation of qualifications and skills that gets you to the interview, but the employer wants to hear it from you. They need to make sure you understand the role you were playing and the new one you are interviewing for, and also that you did not lie,” says Sheila.

The Lesson

As a job seeker, your only task is to present your qualifications and skills in the best way possible and demonstrate your expertise for the role so you can get the job. So, why do you feel the need to have an attitude if it will only keep you without a job? Do not assume that the interviewer knows who you are, instead work to make them understand why they need to hire you.

Most employers will not hire the candidate with a bad attitude if it will have a negative impact in their jobs, especially not in the current Ghanaian economy.