Cleveland State University

Career Services Center


Knockout Factors
knock out factors

Top Ten reasons candidates don't get past the crucial screening interview:

  1. Lack of knowledge or skills necessary to do the job- not qualified
  2. Poor personal appearance (makes a poor first impression).
  3. Not prepared for the interview- failure to conduct research on the company.
  4. No confidence or poise (fails to look the interviewer in the eye, no enthusiasm).
  5. Unable to express ideas clearly (gives vague, evasive or no answer to questions).
  6. Only interest in job is the amount of money the position pays.
  7. Poorly defined short (3-5 yrs) and/or long (5-10 yrs) term career goals.
  8. Asks few/poor questions about the job.
  9. Displays little or no real interest/enthusiasm in the company/field (job shopping).
  10. Unhappy/ unpleasant personality (dislike former jobs, unhappy personal relationships, dissatisfaction with collegiate experience).

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Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
Campus Location
Rhodes West, Room 280
1860 East 22nd Street
Phone: 216.687.2233
Toll Free: 888.CSUOHIO
Satellite Office
College of Urban Affairs, UR 209
Monday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University 2121
Euclid Avenue, RW 280
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

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