Why do good candidates miss out on jobs

We’ve seen a lot of outstanding candidates miss out on roles.


Because someone better prepared came along.

Next time you’re going for a job, make sure you tick off this list so you don’t become the one who missed out.

#1: Research the company.

Google the company & understand what makes them tick.

Read their ‘About’ page and note down their core values. Look up their social media pages and google any recent news stories about them.

Display your knowledge of the organisation by picking two or three unique points you find interesting or that resonate with you and weave them into your answers…

#2: Prepare for common interview questions.

Practice, practice, practice.

Read up on interview questions and prepare answers. We’ve detailed some of the main ones you’ll want to be prepared for in one of our blogs – Common interview questions and how to answer them

You won’t be able to prepare for every question as interviewers like to throw in curve balls, but you’ll display 10x more confidence if you have decent answers for the main ones.

#3: Provide examples of work experience.

Review the job description and note examples of your experience that align with the requirements. Rehearse answers that link the two together to show how you’ve added value with that experience.

i.e. “I have [years] of experience in [skill/role] and have consistently [positive outcome produced]”.

#4: Know your salary expectations.

Discussing money can be a daunting conversation. But it’s a critical part of the interview process and employers will always ask for your salary expectations as every position is budgeted.

It’s better to discuss a salary range rather than a specific number and if you’ve got a recruiter on your side, they will be able to have this conversation for you – so you leave room for negotiation.

#5: Have questions ready for the interviewer.

Hiring managers agree that the worst answer you can give when asked, “Do you have any questions” is “No”.

Think of it as an opportunity to assess the organisation and whether you really want to work there. We’ve documented questions to ask in one of our blogs – Best questions to ask in an interview.