As the job market continues to be sketchy, getting hired is becoming harder as well. The competition is tough and businesses know exactly what they are looking for- more bang for their buck without complications. Many job seekers have gone through the process of applying and interviewing and have still come up with nothing. They may have even thought it was shoe-in after leaving the hiring manager, but alas, they have been passed over for the position. The question that presses them is why? Why didn’t they get the job when everything went so well? Below you will find 5 reasons that may be the reason you didn’t get the job.
1. You are overqualified. Yes, it exists and companies don’t want to have to pay more for someone who is more educated, more experienced, and deserves more money for their qualifications. They also want someone who will be with their company long-term. Folks who are over qualified for a position often will look to greener pastures in time. This costs the company more money in the end as they have to go through the interviewing process once more. Finding someone who fits their needs and doesn’t exceed them is more times than not, the better fit.
2. It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know. Even though you have extensive experience and a background that allowed for you to grow in skill and ability, the recent graduate may still get the job. Nepotism in businesses is alive and breathing, and is often the reason why many get passed over. This, however, is a situation that cannot be overcome. The only thing you can really do is send a note or letter expressing how appreciative you were to be in the running and hope you are considered if anything else arises in the company.
3. You related to the hiring manager on personal level, not a professional one. During the interview, you found that you and the hiring manager got along great and actually share many personal things in common. Unfortunately, that’s where the link ends. They, first and foremost, are looking for an employee, not a friend. And even though it’s great to connect on that level with them, you need to connect on a professional level as well. Try to find positive common links with them that pertain to the job- it may be worth your while.
4. You go into the interview with limits and requirements. Many businesses wish for their employees to be open to fit a position of need. Many of those positions may require you to work specified hours or travel. If you enter an interview with requests to work only Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays; chances are you’re going to be passed over. It’s best to keep your options open when interviewing and try to clear your schedule or make arrangements so you can accommodate the company. Try to compromise if nothing else.
5. The unknown reason. Many times you will never be truly sure as to why you got passed over. It may be due to a comment you made during the interview, or an area where you don’t have as much experience. The thing is, the unpredictable should be expected. You never know, but they may just offer you another job in a different position.
The bottom line is, whatever the reason, do your best to learn from it and apply it to your next interview. Don’t be afraid to politely follow up and inquire about why you weren’t right for the position–just make sure you don’t come off as the slighted interviewee. Be professional, and thank them for helping you to understand what you did wrong, or where you can improve. After all, if you made it to the interview stage once, you’re likely to do it again.