3 Reasons Why You’re Always the Runner-Up

July 5, 2017

Career Advice

You know the drill: “We really loved you… but we offered the position to someone else.” How frustrating is that?! Even though they’ve provided no critical feedback, it’s hard not to feel majorly bummed out. If you’re consistently getting this kind of phone call or email, it’s time to take some action. Here are a few things the other candidate may be doing better than you.

  1. Close strong. Really strong. 
    Afraid you’re going to come off as desperate? You’re not. Reiterate your interest in the job position at the end of the interview. Lay it all out on the line! And then reinforce that again with your follow-up letters. Send those follow-ups within 24 hours to really show that you’re especially interested and willing to accept the offer if it’s extended to you.
  2. Don’t show a shred of doubt.
    Maybe you haven’t quite hammered out the details of your commute or you’re not positive this is the perfect career step for you just yet. Keep it to yourself! Job searching and interviewing is a stressful time. Debate these concerns in the privacy of your own home, not with the person who is interviewing you. Don’t give them a reason not to hire you. You can always turn down the job offer if need be!
  3. Show your personality.
    The people interviewing you will be your future co-workers and bosses. Don’t be so buttoned up that they never get to know you. Make a personal connection with each interviewer. Be friendly and positive. Ask questions that spark interesting conversations. Share ideas and dreams and thoughts and plans. Let them know you’re a real human being, not just a resume!

Image via Dallas/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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