You’ve got the qualifications. You’ve amassed a wealth of experience. But you never got the job? No one likes being rejected, and it’s especially tough when you know that you’ve made all the right career moves in the past but for some reason just didn’t cut the mustard. There are however some vital reasons that you might have been overlooked. And, more to the point, some solutions to ensure that the next job you apply for has your name written all over it.
In 2013, CareerBuilder surveyed 2,100 hiring managers and it turned out that two in five companies use social media to research candidates before hiring them. And, of that number, 50% of candidate profiles contained provocative/inappropriate images, 48% made suggestions of drink and drugs, and 28% made discriminatory comments.
Solution: It’s time for a social media deep-clean. Or, even simpler, hide your profile from public view.
It’s very common for a company to advertise their position externally and internally, without notifying you of this. It’s all about keeping their options open. Secondly, job roles may have changed or budgets may have been cut leaving no position available.
Solution: There’s no quick fix for this one unfortunately, but it’s always worth parting on a friendly note and letting them know that you might be available for any future roles they may have.
Likeability is always a huge factor. And unfortunately, there’s no way around it, you have to get them to like you. Or, maybe it was the other way around. Maybe you didn’t like them and without realizing it came across.
Solution: Keep a check on your body language, never judge anyone before you know them, and whatever you do, make sure you smile on arrival and greet your interviewers warmly.
It’s fine when you’re writing all of your skills down on your resume. But what about when you have to talk in depth about what you’ve done? It’s not so easy to get across all of your finer points, especially when people are judging you.
Solution: Try practising your lines, or so to speak, with a friend before your interview. It’s one thing having it in your head, but it’s a whole other ball game when you have to communicate it out loud.
Preparation helps you to improve your communication skills, but you will also be expected to know about the company you’re applying for, and be prepared for any trick questions that they may decide to throw at you.
Solution: Get online and do a bit of research on the company you’re applying for. Also, make sure that you dig out some general interview questions and have a think about how you would answer them.
If it’s a small company, then you might find the IT manager who lacks any social skills taking the interview. Should that be the case, then he might well be hiring on his own agenda rather than having the vision or skills to find the right fit for the company.
Solution: Should you feel your interviewer is inexperienced then the best advice would be to try to win them over on a personal level.
Not that you might ever find out about this one, but unfortunately it does happen. You might have made the short-list only for your references to have let you down on the final hurdle.
Solution: Before job hunting, make sure you speak personally with your references so that they know that there may be someone contacting them. They will be more inclined to keep an eye out and big you up when the time comes.
Letting slip about how you hated your last boss could be extremely detrimental to your chances of being hired. No one likes a whiner and they’ll be wondering if it’s you that’s the problem, not your last employer.
Solution: Don’t do it. No, really. Just don’t do it.
Being down on yourself is not a great trait when trying to get employed. And whilst it can be difficult feeling that you don’t fully meet the grade when applying for the job, you have to remember that you’re in the interview for a reason. They do think you can do the job.
Solution: You can almost forget your lack of confidence if you change your attitude to that of someone who is positive about everything. This will come across in the interview and is exactly what employers are looking for.
Nerves aren’t necessarily about a lack of self confidence in yourself. You could really believe in your abilities and think you’re the number one candidate for the job, but that doesn’t stop your dreaded nervous system from kicking in.
Solution: Try to find the reason you get nervous. Is it your self-confidence in general? If so, then work on building yours up by being positive about yourself. Have you ever had a bad experience that has stuck with you? If so, try to visualize the interview going well rather than visualizing the interview going badly beforehand.
If you can’t identify any of the above instances that might have contributed to you not getting the job, then why not try to get some feedback from your interviewers. At least if you know exactly where you went wrong, then you will be able to work on getting it right in your next interview.