If you are applying for jobs, getting an initial screening call but not actually being progressed to the interview stage, it is time to start considering the reasons why. If your CV has resulted in a call from the recruiter, a lack of interview is unlikely to be down to your experience. If you find that you are not progressing to interview, it may be down to other aspects. As a headhunter, I have dealt with many different candidates and have found that there are some aspects of the call which would put me off sending the CV over to my client. It is worthwhile remembering that personality is fundamental in recruitment and even if a candidate isn’t selected for a role, I would always consider them in the future if they have the right attitude.
Lack of Enthusiasm
This is probably the number one reason why I wouldn’t want to send a candidate to a client, even if they have the perfect experience and skills for the role. If a candidate comes across as disinterested and unenthusiastic during the screening process, it doesn’t say much for how they will behave in the job or how likely they will be to stay. It is important to show enthusiasm for the role and the company during the process. If you don’t feel this way about it, it probably isn’t the right job for you.
If you really want to get an interview for a job, make sure you respond to emails or telephone calls quickly. I would always consider candidates who respond to me, even if they are not interested in the role. If a candidate is unresponsive or they mess about during the process, I wouldn’t consider them for roles in the future, so it is always a good idea to respond to recruiters and to be honest.
It is important to know what you are looking for and to be clear about this before you start the application process. For example, if the recruiter tells you the salary and then you say the salary is an issue half way through the process, you won’t have much hope of getting any further. If there are aspects of the job you are concerned with, voice your opinions at the start of the process rather than half way through.
Candidates should always remember that their attitude could affect their future options too. It is important that candidates are happy with the job, but having a poor or indecisive attitude won’t get you far within your career.