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6 behind-the-scenes reasons why you didn't get that job

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7 months ago

by Aurora

Job hunting can feel like an emotional roller coaster, especially when you’ve been turned down for a job that seemed like a perfect fit. Rejection on the job hunt is inevitable, hence we should expect it, not take it too personally, and double down on our efforts. While you may understand that rejection is just part of the deal, we understand that sometimes you just need some answers. Here are the reasons why:

1. Lack of confidence that you are the best person for the role

Why are you the best person for this job? - one of the most popular questions asked during the interview process. This is your chance to project your confidence in your skills and knowledge, and how they relate to the job you are applying to. It’s not about promoting your experience; it is genuinely believing in yourself and that you are the best person for the job.

2. Failing to research the company

Forgoing research on the company and role may affect your ability to nail a job. Many employers ask questions about the company and the job during an interview to test a candidate's knowledge. They want to know if a potential employee shows a true interest in working at that particular company. Remember that your keen interest and attention to detail will impress employers.

3. You oversold yourself

Just as dangerous as lacking confidence in yourself is going overboard. While confidence is important, no one wants to work with an egomaniac. A bit of humility goes a long way when describing your skills, knowledge, and professional triumphs. It is all about moderation and balance.

4. It is not you- the client decided to fill the role internally or through a referral

This, my friends, is the most likely reason you didn’t get the offer. If you applied for the job and didn’t have a connection in the company, you may have lost out to an employee referral or an existing employee. The position you applied for might have never actually existed to begin with — other words, the company was planning to give the job to a current employee or a referral all along, and they were just going through the procedures. It is not ethical, but it does happen.

 5. Your expectations are too high

Going into an interview with a list of non-negotiable requirements is a red flag for employers. To improve on your expectations, make a list of benefits you need, like health insurance and OT allowance. Then make an additional list of benefits that would be ideal, but are negotiable, such as salary and a remote working schedule. Once you explain your needs and show flexibility, you will give employers the positive impression that you are adaptable.

6. Not the right fit for the team

In this case, you might have nailed every question and clearly demonstrated your qualifications. However, for whatever reason, the hiring manager feels like you would not fit in well with the department. This does not mean that you’re not likable or a bad person. Perhaps, for example, your potential employer needs someone who can handle a chaotic and busy environment calmly, and somehow you seemed too strong headed in your opinions. Whatever their reasoning, trust that the hiring manager knows what type of personality would thrive in the role.

It may not even be one of the reasons listed here. In any case, do not be discouraged or demotivated. Nailing an interview has its own learning curve, and it’s just a matter of time before you get an offer. Keep up your efforts and go after the right roles. Soon you will be counting your blessings on how you nail that ideal job!

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