Why Recruiters Reject You

    With Thailand’s job market showing signs of recovery at the later parts of 2021, candidates are looking for potential career changes and the daunting part of interviewing and especially potential rejections can put off many people from looking or new roles. You might think that the most common rejections are due to an average CV or poor interviewing skills in the interview. But the reasons are actually more in line with more common things recruiters and Hiring Managers look for in Thailand.

    A job turn down can have many reasons behind it, while sometimes the reasons are hidden in the depth of the answers you gave to the questions that you were asked in an interview, and sometimes and reasoning is not so simply to grasp.

    Starting with the process of applying for a job. When you send in your resume and cover letter, you are already committing to a process that may or may not see the outcome you are hoping for. If you get selected for the first round, it means you have already passed one major obstacle and you’re already in a far better position than hundreds of others who might have applied for the same position. But there are many more crucial things to focus on and we have highlighted the 10 most common reasons candidates in Thailand get rejected for jobs they apply for.

    Reason 1: Speaking Too Much and Not Listening

    Speak too much and not listening

    When you’re asked to introduce yourself, you should keep in mind your experience whether you’re a junior, a mid-level or a senior professional, and accordingly adjust the strategy you approach this.

    If you’re new graduate or junior professional new to the job market, you can talk about your education and some internship experiences as an example. For a mid-level professional, you can give a brief overview about your education, possibly a very brief answer, and then talk about your experience from your graduation to the current job. But for a more experienced profession, it is better if you focus more on your experience and focus on that last 5 years of your working experiences

    Do not hesitate to speak about your degrees or education as you spent years on getting them — but don’t focus your entire introduction only around that. Many times, candidates are rejected for giving out too many details — more than they were asked about. Make sure you share direct answers, and not share details that are not relevant to the job or position.

    Reason 2: Speaking Too Little

    Speak Too Little

    Speaking too less can also have unfavorable results. If you’re asked something, keep the answer short and to the point, but don’t stick simple yes or no answers either.

    You might come out as a shy or maybe someone who’s simply not interested in the job or position. You may also come out to be someone who’s simply hard to talk to and interviewers are always looking for “team” members who will fit into the culture of the company you are applying for. So, personality continues to be one main factor many Recruiters are looking for.

    Reason 3: Explaining Without Details or Facts

    Explain Without Facts

    Many times, you will be asked questions that do not require you to speak about your working experience, or the challenges you faced at work. Those questions might only be to test your reaction to certain situations, but you might get into unnecessary details and explanations.

    Sometimes an Interviewer will ask you questions about your skills, your management experience and your knowledge about handling workplace conflicts. It is important that you give them a clear answer, but don’t give unnecessary explanations to justify your situation and try to think of real-life examples to share in these answers.

    There can also be situations during your interview where you might have a conflict with the interviewer itself, in that case also it is important to not come out as a stubborn person, but to keep a room for discussion and politely tell them about your perspective around the situation and be as professional as possible.

    Reason 4: Personality Questions

    Personality Questions

    There are many applicants that are great at what they do, but not amazing at handling non-work-related questions or questions around one’s personality. Sometimes your work might be good, but your personality might not align with what the employer is looking for, and many times that is a reason for rejection.

    Personality questions can range from:

    • How will you delegate the work among your team in case of a time crucial project?
    • How will you defend your decisions when outcomes did not turn out as you had expected?
    • How would you handle a situation where the company asks you to do something you know is not the right thing to do?

    There can be many other personality questions, whose answers might not align with company values, and thus a potential risk for rejection. But there is nothing like a right or wrong answer here, it is more like being the perfect match or more importantly making the impression that you are a responsible and dedicated potential new hire.

    Reason 5: Keywords on Resumes

    Keywords on Resumes

    With the technology advancements in HR tools more and more companies have adapted a lot of resumes are not actually read by the recruiter but are rather passed through sophisticated automation software that look for relevant keywords. If the keywords are not there, the profile is rejected or sometimes not even looked at. That is why it is suggested to tweak your resume every time for each job you are applying for and look for keywords in the job description before you submit your application.

    There can be some companies where recruiters actually read resumes, but most of them are using automated software nowadays to filter out resumes that do not match especially in popular roles in Thailand and overseas.,

    Reason 6:
    RFL - Reasons for Leaving or
    Wanting to Leave your Current or Past Jobs

    Reasons for Leaving

    If you’re an experienced professional or had several jobs in your career an interviewer will most always ask why you left or why you are wanting to leave your current company. In Thailand and in Asia, employees have many more opportunities that those in other parts of the world, so the number of job changes in Asia can be very strange to those global companies not familiar with the Asian Job market.

    Answering these questions one thing you should always do is to be honest. There are reasons for everything in left and situations can be different for everyone, but how to explain these things to your Interviewer can be a very important thing for you to focus on. Companies are looking always for someone who will stay with them, and those with a sporadic work history can come across as a “high risk.”

    There is no right or wrong way to approach this but being honest is undoubtedly the best approach for these, as if you come across as an honest candidate the potential company you are applying for will most always see that are a positive attribute in a prospective new colleague.

    Reason 7:

    Cover Letter

    Cover letters are still important for many companies as they are the key “initial” self-introduction you are making to the company and job you are applying for.

    Your cover letters need to be really convincing. There are acceptances and rejections, that are possible solely because of your cover letter. Sometimes, the bigger question is — what do companies actually look for in a cover letter?

    The answer is not simple or same for all companies, because what they’re looking for in a cover letter, relates more of the culture of the organization. You need to do some research before you apply in a company, and that will help you understand what you should include/exclude from your cover letter.

    On a high level, every company looks for some basic values like — transparency, honesty, independence, accountability and ownership. You can always mention these points, but the point where the decision-making happens is — what sets you apart from all other applicants? How are you better than them and how can you prove that hiring you is of a higher value for that company? These are some points that can really convince a recruiter to take your application forward.

    Reason 8: First Round or HR Interview

    First Interview

    Usually, the HR interviews are the initial interview stage for most companies, and mostly they’re only there to understand you as a person. But do not underestimate these interviews, as the first round is what decides if you’ll will proceed through the interview stages or not. Candidates should be careful in this round, to not be focused your technical attributes or experiences or only talk about your skills, tools and expertise. What an HR Person is looking for is, way different than that. You will get opportunities to highlight your skills in future or subsequent interview stages, but for that you need to clear this round first — remember that. Rejections in HR round are more common than you might think. Speaking too much, or too little are applicable here in more than more cases.
    Reason 9: Assignments / Case Studies

    Assignments Case Studies

    Many times, the assignments that are given during advanced interview rounds are fairly simple, but the candidates complicate them unnecessarily. At other times, the assignments might be hard, but the candidates give irrelevant solutions and that affects the final result.

    Do not be shy to ask for more details if you are unsure or ask for what is actually being asked of you. In other cases, you might have friends or old colleagues who have passed this round, so do not be shy to leverage those relationships to ask for advice.

    What most companies are looking for with this stage is how well you can organize and present your thoughts, so do not overcomplicate these assignments so you can get your thoughts across well and show that you can complete uncommon tasks with favorable results.

    Reason 10: The Final Round

    Final Interview

    If you’ve reached this round, that means you’re almost at the hiring decision, so there is no need to be disappointed even if you get rejected here, because many times there are many other things that can play a factor here, for example — other candidates’ qualifications or experience may be more than yours and this is not something you have any control over. But it does not mean the company has thought you lacked a certain skill or experience somewhere; it simply means it was not the job right for you. What is more important is to focus on the areas you felt didn’t present yourself well enough to improve in the next future job that you will be interested in.

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