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Interesting feedback from interview via recruiter

I went for a interview with a finacial instustion and got interesting feedback from the recruiter. He said j am very good technally but I seemed bored and uninstresed. He suggested I smiled more. Can someone explain to me what this means.
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EEE2 wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 5:42 pm
I went for a interview with a finacial instustion and got interesting feedback from the recruiter. He said j am very good technally but I seemed bored and uninstresed. He suggested I smiled more. Can someone explain to me what this means.
It means smile more. Be more friendly. Be interested in them, the job, the company, etc.

You're not being hired just to do a job. You often need to fit in with the rest of your team.

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Means you have poor soft skills/people skills

Despite what people tell you especially on here, soft skills/people skills are generally much much more important than hard skills even in STEM let alone other sectors/roles

Unless you're in academia, soft skills is important more than technical skills except for niche roles
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You also need to improve on your spelling skills.
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Raggie wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 7:51 pm
You also need to improve on your spelling skills.
Or understand that basic proofreading or use of a spellchecking plug-in for your browser is also required to improve overall presentation.
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Did you have one elbow on the table and resting one side of your face on your hand?
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vkizzle wrote:
Jun 8th, 2018 8:30 am
Did you have one elbow on the table and resting one side of your face on your hand?
No
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Did you yawn and put your feet on the desk in a laid back position during the interview?
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EEE2 wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 5:42 pm
I went for a interview with a finacial instustion and got interesting feedback from the recruiter. He said j am very good technally but I seemed bored and uninstresed. He suggested I smiled more. Can someone explain to me what this means.
It seems pretty straight forward. What part aren't you getting? You need to learn to engage with people better I'm guessing.
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They called me in for a second interview.
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EEE2 wrote:
Jun 8th, 2018 2:30 pm
They called me in for a second interview.

Sounds like they gave you a heads up on how to behave for the second interview. That recruiter pretty much is giving you an olive branch. Take it. Act super interested and eager
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Jun 8th, 2018 3:26 pm
Sounds like they gave you a heads up on how to behave for the second interview. That recruiter pretty much is giving you an olive branch. Take it. Act super interested and eager
Also think of follow-up questions for the interviewer -> that shows that you are engaged and have done some thinking.
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EEE2 wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 5:42 pm
I went for a interview with a finacial instustion and got interesting feedback from the recruiter. He said j am very good technally but I seemed bored and uninstresed. He suggested I smiled more. Can someone explain to me what this means.
It took me a long time to figure this out.

No matter how good you are or how you think you are, there are dozens of other applicants just as qualified as you. Managers can teach employees how to do their job. They want culture and how to fit in a team. Smiling makes you seem more open.
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There are only 2 questions that all interviewers need to answer:

1. Can you do the job? That is, do you have the skills to do it?
2. Will you do the job? Right fit, performance issues, etc.

Fact is that most employee performance issues are the result of employees simply deciding that they won't do the job. They all have their excuses - they don't agree with certain decisions, they don't get along with someone else, they feel they should have been promoted, they feel that they have been treated unfairly...the list is endless. The fact is that they have the skills to do the job, but they just don't want to do it. Most of these fall under the soft skills - interpersonal skills, communication skills, teamwork, dealing with difficult situations, resiliency, integrity.

In the OP's case, someone who seems like they are not making much of an effort trying to get the job may not make much of an effort trying to do the job or keep the job.
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In my experience, in a multi-interview process, the further you go, the more it becomes about "you" as a person and whether you fit with the team as opposed to whether you're qualified for the job. As someone else said, the recruiter is probably giving you a heads up based on this.

I've interviewed a few people (for junior/intermediate roles mind you) and my personal take on it is that usually as long as they're generally qualified, hard skills can be taught, but their thinking pattern, how they behave and such typically is more difficult so that's more what I look for.

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