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The Reason You’re Not Getting the Job You Applied For

I recently posted a job description and asked my Twitter followers to apply. As I was going through their applications, I thought it might be a good idea to write a short blog post on helping you get the job you’re applying for.

You may be qualified and have a good attitude, but if you’re not a good communicator, sorry my friend, you’re not going to get the job.

What do I mean by being a good communicator?

If the interviewer asks you: “What color is the sky?” Say: “The sky is blue”. Or even better, ask: “At what time of the day?” This shows that you pay attention to detail and can think like a problem-solver.

Don’t say: “This morning I woke up at 7, I looked up to see what color the sky is, but then I remembered I didn’t take my clothes out of the washing machine last night. It all happened because my friend called me and needed some advice about his girlfriend.”

Of course, I’m exaggerating. But you get the point! If not, here’s a real example. The last question I put in the application form was: “Why should I hire you?”

This is where I want them to sell themselves, short and sweet, to the point, without any waffling.

 

One candidate said:

I am a huge advocate for online programming courses. For the past year I have learned Javascript, Python and Java entirely through free and paid online courses and recently learned NodeJS, Express and React through a coding bootcamp. One of the disadvantages that come with learning through online courses is how fast some of the course material can become outdated. With how fast tech space changes, its important to keep track of new updates to include popular frameworks and to adjust courses to not only include the newest features but to also make changes to exclude deprecated or soon to be deprecated features. Ever since I started learning Javascript frameworks I have always made an effort to be up to date with the latest releases of the frameworks I frequently use, such as React, Node and Vue, and make an effort to try and include the new stable and experimental features in my projects. With how frequently new online courses are popping up nowadays, it is of the utmost important to keep courses material updated in order to stay competitive. By bringing me on the team I’ll be sure to add value to your courses by using my knowledge in modern Javascript, React and Node feature and syntax to ensure they are up to date with current industry standards.

 

What is wrong with this response? For starters, it’s way too long. No one has that much time to read this, or hear it in an interview.

The second issue is that he/she is telling me the problem with online courses: the fact that they get outdated quickly. Well, I already know that. That’s exactly the reason I opened up this job position. So I can get someone to help me update my courses. I don’t need to be told what I already know. The moment I hit that point, I had to move on to the next candidate. So I thought I should pause for a second and write this blog post, since I’ve seen this pattern over and over. I think this could be one of the reasons you’re not getting the job you wanted

Now, here’s a good response to “Why should I hire you?”

I’m a Front-end developer with over 7 years of experience. I’ve been working with Angular since Angular JS to Angular 8.x

See the difference? This candidate is telling me directly about his/her level of experience, and what exactly he/she knows well. To the point, in one line. No waffling. No storytelling. No repeating the obvious.

 

Hi! My name is Mosh Hamedani. I’m a software engineer with two decades of experience and I’ve taught over three million people how to code or how to become professional software engineers through my YouTube channel and online courses. It’s my mission to make software engineering accessible to everyone.
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5 responses to “The Reason You’re Not Getting the Job You Applied For”

  1. Mina Kianrad says:

    Hi Mosh, Great points. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Sagar Ghimire says:

    Well said

  3. Johnna says:

    So short, sweet and precise are the good responses instead of long, dragged out dialogues? Sounds good to me.

  4. what should you advised if fresher have failed many times in interview

  5. Ahmed says:

    Hello,

    My question/observation is not to sound arrogant but out of genuine curiosity. While I don’t know the job posting you referring to I myself have often struggle to answer this question. How do I sell myself?

    Now here you were talking about straight, short, and simple answer now my question is; is that the person with the response you hired? If not ans you sued it as an example the person you hired, what was his/her response.

    When asked that question do you just say “I have experience in X so you should hire me?”

    How do you sort as a hiring manager these short and straight answers? Is it just a quantitative measurement? X has X experience for X years so he gets hired? I know I’m being very vague and your decision would ultimately be based on a lot of factors and what not but what do you look for, how do you measure?

    Thank you for all your hard work in pursuit of educating others.

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