Overcoming Shortcomings During a Job Interview

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Although most employers don’t pay attention to GPA, it can be a determining factor when the hiring manager is trying to decide between two candidates.

Many college graduates have lower GPAs because they had to balance part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, volunteering, or simply slept through too many classes. Regardless of your reasons for a low GPA, employers don’t want to hear an excuse. Employers want to know how you learned from the experience and what changes you’ve made in order to improve.

For example, if you had a low GPA because you were too involved with extracurriculars in college, explain how you learned the importance of time management. Tell the employer that you’ve learned not to overextend yourself in your professional career and have discovered how to prioritize projects and tasks.

No matter how hard you try, sometimes things just don't go the way you plan. Be it family, work, or education, we're not perfect. Things happen.

Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor, points out that "the reality is, nearly every professional has had an experience where they made a mistake or missed a deadline." These flaws can make securing employment more difficult, but by showing how you've improved as a professional and what you've learned from each experience, it is possible to keep past mistakes from ruining your chances for success.

The point of a job interview is to assess your capabilities, as well as your potential. Explaining how you've overcome and moved beyond past difficulties can show a hiring manager that you might be just the right person for the job. In this slideshow, Huhman has identified common flaws job candidates might face and ways to explain them during a job interview.


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