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How to Overcome the Top 10 Objections to Hiring You

Updated on September 5, 2015
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Overcome unreasonable objections to hiring you and become part of the team at work.
Overcome unreasonable objections to hiring you and become part of the team at work. | Source

Why Were You Not Hired?

Have you been attempting to interview for your dream job and not been able to proceed past the interview stage? Have interviewers given you reasons for not hiring you? Here are some things to c9onsider that may help you land that job next time.

Be positive.
Be positive. | Source

1. Negative or noncommittal attitude.

Are you ever negative, sarcastic, or super critical during an interview for a new job?

  • Instead, be open, cheerful, and polite. Provide a firm handshake, good posture, and good eye contact.

When you meet an objection to your hire, do you give up?

  • Meet objections with your own evidence to the contrary and do so with effective communication skills.

2. Vague or nonexistent job goals. (i.e., "I need a job, any job" or "Any job will do.")

Have specific job goals for yourself and communicate them clearly. Tell the interviewer what you can bring to the company instead of asking what they can do for you. Remember these lines from JFK's inaugural speech: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Lack of specific job qualifications.

  • Read job vacancy ads completely and apply to the jobs for which you have the exact education, training, and certifications or licenses that are required. Some of these are required by law and cannot be excused.
  • If you are not qualified for a specific position, have some sort of a plan ready for gaining the skills necessary, such as schooling, distance learning, or requesting on the job training (OJT).

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Inattentiveness during an interview is not good.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Inattentiveness during an interview is not good. | Source

3. Bad communication.

Use proper English grammar and good pronunciation with a clear voice and good eye contact. Maintain that good eye contact without staring harshly. Never say anything negative about a former company, boss, or coworker.

Problem: Aggressive instead of assertive; a "know it all."

  • Let the interviewer direct the conversation. However, but ask questions, using good grammar, about things that you need to know.

4. Inattentiveness during an interview.

This may show a lack of sleep or a lack of interest in the job or interview. Attentiveness is part of good communications and it is best to be enthusiastic, cooperative, and responsive to all questions. Take care not to answer too quickly, however, and remain calm. Ask good questions yourself when it is your turn to ask.

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Inappropriate appearance outside the circus.
Inappropriate appearance outside the circus. | Source
Check to ensure that you have completed everything on the application.
Check to ensure that you have completed everything on the application. | Source

5. Poor or inappropriate appearance.

6. Application not completed correctly.

  • Read the application first, follow all directions exactly, and write legibly.
  • Take a written copy of your work history and references, or your resume, to use as a guide. You will likely be required to complete an application, even though you may have been called in for an interview based on your resume and cover letter.

7. Unprepared for the interview or arrives late.

  • Learn about the company through Internet research, have a specific job or jobs in mind when you apply and know their duty requirements.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your work history, education, interests, and talents.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the company and the job.
  • Be on time for your interview. Get good directions and go the day on a test run before to make sure you can find the building. Being on time respects the company's time and shows you are interested in the job. If you are going to be late, call the interviewer immediately.

WHOM did you say? No, we have no record of that person having worked here.
WHOM did you say? No, we have no record of that person having worked here. | Source

8. No references. Ask your former employers for written references from supervisors and coworkers.

No explanation for employment gaps.

  • Job hopping, quitting without notice, attending college, being incarcerated, or taking time off to help a family member -- You may simply have been unable to work for a few months or a few years.
  • Be prepared to explain employment gaps on your resume and job application. You may even have been in a volunteer service program or may have produced your own income by providing personal service or odd jobs on your own. Further, you may have been a freelancer and worked irregular hours. Volunteer hours should be included on a resume, because they are important.


9. No telephone number.

Have a clear plan how an employer could reach you.

  • For instance, before going to the interview you could ask a family member or neighbor if they would be willing to help you by acting as a point of contact for the employer.
  • Otherwise, pick up a cell phone from a department store or even from the Free Phone service of the US Federal Government.

He is practicing for when he gets his real bike.
He is practicing for when he gets his real bike. | Source

10. No transportation of your own and no alternative means of getting to work if your ride fails you.

Plan ahead about how you would commute to work if your ride no-showed or your car broke down, like public transportation or car pooling. Even a bicycle will work effectively in some cases.

This planning will show the employer that you accept responsibility to get yourself to work. Further, in order to receive certain job promotions, employees need to have their own reliable cars and use them for traveling out of town on business.

© 2007 Patty Inglish


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