Why Am I Not Getting the Interview?

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.

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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.

Unresponsive

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.

Indecisive

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.

 

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How to Deal with High Staff Turnover

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Some organisations manage to hold onto their staff for years, while others have a revolving door of employees. If yours is in the latter, have you ever stopped and wondered why this may be? A high turnover of staff is not just time consuming and expensive, it is also damaging for your reputation. Employee won’t just up and leave if they are happy, so if you want to retain staff, you need to be prepared to make some changes to your business.

Communication

If staff feel like communication is not open and upfront, they won’t feel valued and this could cause them to leave the company. For example, if there are going to be changes to the business, make sure you let all of your staff know, as they will sense something is not quite right. A lot of employees, understandably, become highly frustrated if their request are not dealt with in a timely manner. For instance, approving holiday requests and signing off expenses. This can cause staff to leave, so make sure you take their concerns seriously.

Culture

The culture of an organisation can prove to be an important aspect in whether or not you will be able to retain staff for a long period of time. If the culture is negative, there is a lot of office politics and generally a bad atmosphere, your staff are unlikely to want to stay. Most people just want to go to work, do their job and leave. They don’t want to get caught up in drama or feel miserable for the entire time they are there.

Salary Package

It is important to pay your staff a competitive salary and offer good benefits, otherwise they will probably get snapped up by a competitor. Many companies make the mistake of paying low rates, yet have an excessive turnover of staff. They don’t consider all the costs associated with training new members of staff and the time it takes to get them up to speed. It is much more cost effective and better practice to pay your staff competitively. If you look after your staff, they will have more loyalty to you.

Development

One of the main reasons employees leave organisations is for a better opportunity with greater options for development.  No matter how happy an employee is, if they can’t move on anywhere in the business, they will understandably be looking to leave at some point. It is important to incorporate performance reviews and training into your business, particularly if you want to retain your key talent. Businesses who take the time to develop their staff have much higher levels of retention than those who don’t.

Exit Interviews

If you are confused by high staff turnover, why not ask staff directly when they quit their job. Exit interviews are the best way to find out more about the reasons for staff leaving and it also shows that you value their opinions. In doing this, you have the information you need to make positive changes in the future.

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating in the Workplace

Whether it’s staring at the screen or day dreaming our way through long, boring meetings, we would probably all agree that we never finish our day with the knowledge that we have been as productive as we could be. With small changes though, you can easily make big differences to your working day and help reduce procrastination levels. If you stick to this, you may find that you can reduce your stress levels and impress those above you!

Close Social Media

It is amazing the hours you can waste just looking at updates of people’s dinner on Facebook and what do you really gain from it in the end? If you can’t stay away from social media, just reduce the number of times you look at it. For instance, wait until the evening to catch up with people on social media and you will probably find that you get a lot more work done.

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Plan Your Day

Take time at the start of your day to plan out your workload and how long it will take you to complete each task. This will enable you to ensure that you get all your tasks for the day done and that you don’t waste time on other unnecessary tasks.

Track Time

If you really look at the time you spend on your tasks, you will probably find that you waste a lot of time which could be spent on more productive activities. There are programs such as Rescue Time, which you can download and look at how long you spent on work versus entertainment. You will be surprised at the results!

Take Breaks

Many people think they are more productive if they keep their head down all day but this is often an unproductive way of working. You should always make sure you take regular breaks, as this will give you time to refresh your head, so you are ready to be as productive as possible.

Reduce Meetings

There are often a lot of unnecessary meetings and you will probably find that you don’t need to turn up to every single one. If you can reduce time spent in meaningless meetings, you will probably be a lot more productive. Meetings can often be a waste of precious time and can take you away from other tasks. The more you can reduce the unnecessary meetings, the better it will be for your productivity levels.