10 reasons why you are not getting Interview Calls for HR jobs


If you are a fresher


1. You are just one of another job seeker

There are average of 1,00,000,00 graduate and 85,00,000 (MBA) passed out every year in India and you are just one of them. So, there is a big queue before you and everybody in the queue is moral less same in terms of age and qualification.

So the question is why the corporate will call you for interview? Whatever best communication skill or confident level you have, you can only prove that if you at all get the opportunity to reach the interview room.

Some important facts

46.2% of Graduates are not employable
22.42% MCA graduates are having the skills to get a job
46.82% B.Tech graduates are skilful
Only 46.59% MBA has the skills & knowledge to get a job

Source: India Skill Report 2021
But what to do to compel the corporates to call you for interview before the other job seekers?

Be different. When the most of your counterpart job seekers are relaxed and confident while waiting for the interview calls, and keep waiting, you should not rely upon your theoretical degree only (Read degree vs skill).

Nowadays the corporates are not looking for degree only, but they are looking for candidates with practical HR skills. They are looking fresh HR professional with hands-on practical knowledge and skills on multiple HR functions and who can handle the day to HR operations independently, instead of listening to the typical theoretical answers during interview, “I will learn fast”, “If I get opportunity, I am a fast learner” etc.

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There are six macro level HR functions you must master yourself into and must mentioned clearly in your resume, to showcase your in-depth knowledge in HR domain.

  • Talent Acquisition and Recruitment
  • Compensation and Benefits, Payroll Management
  • Statutory Compliance, Labour Laws, Industrial Relation
  • Performance Management, Talent Management, Training & Development
  • HR Operation, HR Administration
  • Strategic HR, Business Partner HR, Organisation Development, Employee Management

That will make a difference between you and other fresh job seekers and will enhance your chance to get more interview calls before others.

2. Your resume format is downloaded and your objective too

Being a fresher there are not much to write and the resume of most of the fresher are same, but still if you have downloaded the resume format from web and copied your career objective from someone else, its big mistake. You have again made yourself exactly the same with other thousands of job seekers.

Create your own resume format with some uniqueness about it and do not just print it as it is. You can always do take ideas from web and get your resume better, but just copying another format and just to replace the text is the worst idea.


If you are a Plain Graduate


3. You don’t carry relevant HR functional certification and practical knowledge

Yes. A plain graduate can become a HR Professional and can get an entry level HR job easily. To do so, you must have practical knowledge on all different HR functions and must be included into your resume. To accomplish your learning, do not rely on web or YouTube only, as theoretical knowledge without practical exposure won’t bring in much positive result, but enrolling for any certification courses with practical approach will be a better decision, so that you do not have only theoretical knowledge, but also the skills to practically implement the knowledge in different functions of HR.

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For If you have work experience(HR)


4. HR Key skill mismatch

You have mentioned all key skills of yours, but that does not emphasize on your practical exposure on that function. Remember, nowadays the corporates are looking for practical skills but not for degree or theoretical conceptual concept learnt from web or YouTube. Your resume must be designed in such way so that your practical ability to do the job independently is highlighted. Mentioning some theoretical HR jargons or terms won’t help to get the interview calls.

Remember that the competition in high and you need to be different to beat others and your resume must highlight that.


5. Not sufficient HR functional practical exposure

You have experience in HR and you are doing your current job successfully but still you are not getting enough Interview calls for HR jobs. That is probably because yourprofile is lacking sufficient skill sets; those are required for a Generalist HR Manager.

Your skills are probably good enough for your current job role, but that does not mean those are enough for getting into a higher or better HR job profile with higher salary. You may have to upgrade and update your skill sets to match with industry requirement, instead of thinking that you will learn when you will get the job.

There are six macro level HR functions you must master yourself into and must mentioned clearly in your resume, to showcase your in-depth knowledge in HR domain.

  • Talent Acquisition and Recruitment
  • Compensation and Benefits, Payroll Management
  • Statutory Compliance, Labour Laws, Industrial Relation
  • Performance Management, Talent Management, Training & Development
  • HR Operation, HR Administration
  • Strategic HR, Business Partner HR, Organisation Development, Employee Management

Once you update your practical knowledge on these modules and mentioned that in your resume, you will start getting more interview calls, than before.

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If you have work experience (HR or Any)


6. Resume has Responsibilities but not Accomplishments

Your Job responsibilities are important showcase your knowledge and experience but that won’t be enough to impress the hiring manager.Only just telling them what work your company has asked you to do, does not prove your capabilities of doing those job successfully.

Your accomplishment or achievement is something everyone is interested in.Mention some of your achievement with facts and figures

Example
  • Lead and Managed a team of 5
  • Grew company’s revenue from 5,00,000 to 9,00,000 million in three months
  • Increased the customer base of the company from 9000 to 13,000 in just 2 months

7. Sending applications without customizing your resume

It is always better to send 10 applications and getting three interviews instead of sending out 20 applications and getting call for only one interview.

You must spend sometimes to modify and customize your CV to match up with the job requirement and to highlight the appropriate points as per the need of THAT job. It is not advisable to put in thousands of unnecessary information or achievements, those do not impress or are not required for the hiring manager for the specific job you are applying for.

8. Applying for jobs role that do not fit with your background

The skills and experience you've mentioned on your resume don't align with what a company is looking for. Applying for jobs that you are not qualified for, or its requirement does not match your profile, it will be just a mere waste of time for you and also for the recruiter. Before applying for a jobcarefully check the job profile and requirement of the companylike, experience, education and others.

9. You have a large, recent gap in employment

Having a career gap is very common for various reasons. In case you have a career gap in employment at, you must address it properly to explain. Do not list your employment in months or do not mention the months, mention the years instead in your employment history.

You may also write a cover letter with an explanationon the logical reason on why there is a gap, and how you are prepared now, to overcome the issue you had but won’t impact now for a full time job, you have applied for.

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10. Your work experience doesn’t appear on the top half of page 1 of your resume

Your work experience is one of the first things recruiters and hiring managers want to see and then decide to go through the rest of the resume or not. If you have work experience, mention that within the first half of first page of your resume.

You must design your CV to adjust your work experience to be highlighted immediately after someone starts reading your resume, and your chances of getting more interview calls will likely to be increased.


Quick Summary


For fresher
  • 1. You are just one of another job seeker
  • 2. Your resume format is downloaded and your objective too

For Plain Graduate
  • 3. You don’t have any relevant HR functional certification and practical knowledge

If you have work experience (HR)
  • 4. HR Key skill mismatch
  • 5. Not sufficient HR functional practical exposure

If you have work experience (HR / Any)
  • 6. Resume has Responsibilities but not Accomplishments
  • 7. Sending applications without “tailoring” your resume
  • 8. Applying for jobs role that do not fit with your background
  • 9. You have a large, recent gap in employment
  • 10. Your work experience doesn’t appear on the top half of page 1 of your resume

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