The blame game is the easiest game to play.
It requires no real skill, rules don't apply and it's typically played by people of all ages. But no one really wins in such argumentative activities. Because failure to accept fault is failing to accept the fact that sometimes the onus is on you (and that's part of how we improve). However, there also certain circumstances where the outcome was simply beyond your control. This can sometimes even extend to a job interview.
So, don't despair in your candidacy if it's been declined! There could be many reasons why you weren't picked for the team that had nothing to do with your performance. These six things could be one of those.
1. The definition of the job changed
Over the course of interviewing several different candidates - including you, the company may have decided to revise the job description all together. As a result, management may have also revised the required skills. Silver linings playbook though: Your recruiter will have your resume on hand and ready to go for future opportunities that match your skills.
2. They hired internally
You may have been the perfect candidate, but even after a round of external interviews, an internal employee may have shown interest in the role. Hiring internally is a low-risk move, and one many organizations will take if there's a qualified member already on staff.
3. It wasn't a cultural fit
Sure, you may be a professional, but did you really want to work within that department's team? Or if you didn't meet the team, did you honestly relate to the company beliefs, values or even office space? All of these parts play a role, and it's okay if you ( or the hiring manager ) didn't see a fit!
4. It was a money thing
If you're working with a recruiter, he or she will talk dollars with you before you decide to interview. But if you take a meeting and are looking for more than the company is willing to pay, or someone is willing to do the same job for less, it could affect their decision to hire you.
5. The interview was a ruse
A staffing agency will shield you from such shenanigans, but some companies do 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.
6. You really just didn't click
Sometimes there’s no other reason for not landing the job other than you simply didn't click. Personalities play a role in the employment process, and maybe yours and the hiring manager's didn't particularly play well together. Maybe you unintentionally threatened him or her with your confidence and competence. Maybe you resemble someone they have personal conflict with. There could be many, many maybes...
The blame game should never be a part of your game plan. Get ahead of the competition by training with your recruiter and then always following up for (and with) feedback.
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