Why didn't I get the job?

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11:40 AM

Ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers.

By Ken Sundheim

While there are hundreds of reasons why job interviews don't go as well as they could, some are more common than others. Though, contrary to popular belief, not all outcomes are the interviewer’s fault, nor are the outcomes always in the interviewer’s control. Here are ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers:

1. The interviewee has not done his or her research on the company

When the interviewee has not done his or her research on the company they are interviewing with, there is virtually no chance they will get the offer. Despite how much the company likes them as a person or how fitting their past experience is, showing a lack of knowledge regarding the company you’re interviewing with results in instant rejection.  

2. There is a disconnect in personalities between the interviewer and interviewee

It’s not uncommon for the personalities of the interviewer and interviewee to clash. While the most successful people learn how to get along with others, sometimes it simply doesn't work out.  

3. The interviewee does not answer the questions appropriately

Every now and then, an interviewer will go into the meeting with a preconceived notion of what the interviewee should say. As someone going for a job, it is difficult to successfully conduct an interview with an individual who wants a certain answer. However, it does happen.  

4. There are more qualified applicants for the position

If a company has rigid background requirements for a particular job, the recruiting party will heavily analyze the applicants' backgrounds and closely compare them. While factors such as likability matter to employers, applicant qualifications are typically higher priority.   

5. The job applicant is asking for too much money

Whether it’s not in a company’s budget or another qualified candidate is asking for less money, there are times when perfectly qualified candidates get turned away for asking for too much.

6. The interviewee's past raises questions about his or her ability to stay at one job  

The most desired employees are the ones who have demonstrated longevity with previous employers and can execute necessary tasks while remaining autonomous. When a job seeker has jumped from position to position, employers have good reason to be skeptical about their loyalty.

7. The company decides to postpone hiring  

For a myriad of reasons outside of the interviewee's control, companies may postpone hiring for a previously listed position.  

8. The applicant does not show interest in the position

I always tell job applicants to appear upbeat and enthusiastic about the job. When a hiring manager feels that a job seeker is indifferent as to whether they get the position, the majority of the time, that interviewee will not see an offer, or a second interview.  

9. The proposed salary does not meet the candidate’s requirements  

Hiring companies can make the mistake of offering a compensation package that falls extremely short of the candidate’s expectations, which can cause candidates to immediately walk away.  

10. The hiring company has rigid requirements  

Every now and again, hiring managers will have artificially inflated expectations for the role they are trying to fill, which will prevent them from seeing the positive aspects of any job applicant who is not perfect on paper.  

There are so many reasons why interviewees don't receive a job offer. I always tell job seekers that they can only control their actions and have to leave the rest up to chance.   

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Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement Recruiters, an executive search firm based out of New York City specializing in sales and marketing recruitment of all levels.  Follow Ken on Twitter at @Ken_Sundheim and through his blog.





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Topics: Interview, Salary