“Thank you for your interest...”
“We’ll keep your resume on file...”
“Good luck in your job search...”
You crafted the perfect resume, breezed by the initial phone conversation and left the interview feeling like you’re already a part of the team-- and then you get the email. You know the one. The one with those words...
It’s supposed to be the job offer you’ve been waiting for, but instead of a contract, you’re stuck with condolences… What went wrong?
There could have been any number of reasons why you didn’t get the gig, and other than simply not being qualified, these could be one of them:
- The definition of the job changed
Over the course of interviewing several different candidates, the company may have decided to revise the job description all together. As a result, management may have also revised the required skills. It happens.
- They hired internally
It’s actually pretty common. Even if a hiring manager knows of a strong internal candidate, some companies require outside interviews to take place anyway. Hiring internally is a low-risk move and one many organizations will make if there’s a qualified candidate already on staff.
- They were looking for the right cultural fit (and you weren’t it)
Sure, you may be qualified, but did you really picture yourself working alongside these people on an almost daily basis? Maybe the hiring manager couldn’t, either. Personalities play a role in the employment game, and maybe you didn’t come across as someone who would fit in on the team.
- You couldn’t agree on salary
If you’re looking for more than the company is willing to pay, odds are you won’t be offered anything other than the good luck email.
- The interview was a ruse
Some companies have policies that a certain number of candidates has to be interviewed for each position—even when the hiring manager has already decided on whom to bring on board.
- You’re too attractive
Yep. Said it. It’s an ugly truth. Psychological studies have shown that there’s a hiring bias against particularly attractive women for some roles (guys, you’re apparently safe from such discriminations).
- There was a better candidate
People often identify themselves as perfect for the job, but for every qualified person, there’s another one. Fitting the qualifications listed on the job description doesn’t necessarily mean someone else isn’t a better fit overall.
- You simply blew it
Sometimes there’s no other reason for not landing the job other than you simply made a really bad impression. Maybe you weren’t prepared, your body language made you seem disinterested, maybe you came across as too arrogant or perhaps you just didn’t click with the hiring manager. Sometimes interviews go badly and it’s best to just move on with these tips.
When it comes to job interviews, all you can really do is prepare as best you can to make an enthusiastic and professional bid for your candidacy. You won’t be hired for every position you interview for, but don’t let the setbacks get you sidetracked, the reason you didn’t get hired could have nothing to do with you. (Or you really did just blow it).