Tuesday, September 17, 2013

21 Reasons Why You Didn't Get the Job

You aced it. Or at least you thought you did a stellar job during the job interview, but now that a month has come and gone, you're not so sure. You thought you would get at least a phone call a few days or even a week later regarding next steps, but now? Not so much. Insert crickets.
And now you have to face the music: You didn't get a shot at a final interview, let alone that coveted job offer. What went down? Let's look at various scenarios:
1. You talked too much/too little.
2. You appeared nervous and lacked confidence.
3. Your soft skills weren't so sharp.
4. Your technical skills weren't up to par...
5. Or they were too on point and you were deemed overqualified.
6. The hiring manager felt threatened by your sparkling skills and spot-on experience.
7. You were too vague and didn't illustrate examples when asked behavioral-based questions.
8. Not a cultural fit with the team and organization.
9. Too much of a fit - maybe you appeared overconfident.
10. Your salary requirements were too high.
11. Your references bailed on you and provided not-so-pleasant insight.
12. Your thank-you note had errors.
13. You were too aggressive when following up.
14. You were late to the interview.
15. Or maybe not very polite to the receptionist.
16. It wasn't about you - it was about them, since they went with an internal candidate.
17. They closed the requisition, downgraded it or upgraded it into something else. Or hiring has been frozen.
18. The hiring manager is out of town so all decisions are on hold regardless.
19. You didn't look the part - maybe you dressed a bit informal and the interviewers' read it as you're not taking the position seriously.
20. You threw your current/former employer under the bus.
21. It was simply not meant to be.
Essentially, there could be a plethora of reasons why you didn't get selected to move to the next round and get the job.

Courtesy: By Vicki Salemi | U.S.News & World Report LP – Tue 10 Sep, 2013 6:55 PM IST