You Are Not A Good Fit For This Position

by Gabrielle Spiers,  Head Editor, INALJ Montana

You Are Not A Good Fit For This Position

gabrielleSRecently I got to be involved in hiring interns which was a very interesting experience partly because I love reading people’s resumes. I find what other people have done work-wise to be fascinating. Part of me wishes that I could just read resumes all day long!

That brings me to the question of fit which is something that I have heard a lot about and sort of not thought about too much.

Then I got to the stage where I interviewed people and realized how important it is. Of course I want the best candidate for the job but a component of that is also being able to fit into the workplace environment. That’s also the kind of thing that you can only get a sense of during an interview.

That’s why the interview is so important because that is what gives you a better sense of who the candidate is. An interview is a time for the employer to see what you are like but it is also a time for you to see what the potential work environment is like. It does always help me to remember that interviewing is a two way street.

Thinking back now on a couple of times when I didn’t get the job I realize that maybe I wasn’t such a good fit for the place. Or even if I thought I was maybe there was a candidate who clicked with everyone better than I did.

In conclusion I would also like to add that I found interviewing people as nerve-wracking as being interviewed myself.

  3 comments for “You Are Not A Good Fit For This Position

  1. August 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    i think i would much prefer the hypothetical situation question to the generic HR questions. my weaknesses?? do you want my real ones? no. please, everyone ask the hypo question!

  2. August 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Gabrielle, I’m glad you brought this up. With such large pools of applicants these days, everybody called in for an interview will have adequate skills and experience. What the resume and cover letter don’t usually tell them is whether this person will work well within the organization’s culture, get along with others, be reliable, do a good job, and not become dissatisfied or disgruntled. My husband is an HR executive. He claims that “fit” is the most important thing that must be determined in the interview.

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and wondering what things convey “fit” within the confines of a standard interview. Perhaps they are things like dress and behavior, professional goals, why one left previous positions, and how one answers certain questions such as “what are your weaknesses?” or “how would you handle this hypothetical situation?” or the big one, “why do you want to work here?”. Meanwhile, as a candidate, what kind of questions should I ask to make sure that I’m going to like working there? Because, as you rightly point out, it’s important for me to decide whether I will “fit” into that workplace too.

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