5 Reasons why you didn’t get your dream job


5 Reasons why didn't get the job-Expanrr

That one crisp answer from a suave HR manager “I’m sorry—we’ve actually made an offer to another candidate” is the last thing you want to hear after a long wait of an interview. With remorse gushing in of a lost opportunity, you ask yourself, “Where did I go wrong?” a hundred times. “It was my dream job and I did extremely well” is possibly another remark you console yourself with.

So often we come across youngsters brooding over rejection and lost opportunities. But seldom do we see job aspirants who retrospect, or say, do-a-self-actualization. While copious stuff is available on the internet written by professionals few analyze the actual reasons.

We spoke to hiring managers to find out the real reasons why even good applicants can get the ax. While very few interviewers are willing to share their feedback with candidates they did share with us some very significant aspects of recruitment. We focus in this article on why candidates get rejected.

You were not prepared

One of the common reasons for getting rejected in an interview is that you were not prepared at all. You go for interviews but never ask the quintessential question ‘how prepared am I?’  This preparation pertains to some homework on the job, the company, domain knowledge.  As a prospective candidate, you have to look up the job specification and job requirements.

Recruiting companies observe how well connected you are and does your persona fit the vacancy they are filling.

You couldn’t convince the interviewer

The interview could have gone well for you but not for them. As an aspirant, if you did not build trust or failed to satisfy them that you could be the ideal candidate, you have missed the bus again.

Very often the interviewer looks forward to your participation. Sometimes the CV may not be very impressive. There is still scope for you to draw attention to some unique aspects about yourself.

Showing a keen interest in or that extra effort to convince them of your abilities may be missing. Say for example showcasing your soft skills and clinching the opportunity! You need to ‘travel that extra mile’.

Someone was better than you

There is no dearth for good performance. You were good but others outsmarted you. Probably you have given your best as well. But as they say, in competitive times, it’s the most competitive who take the cake away. Yes, it’s the competitive candidates who cut an edge above the others to succeed.

So, never lower your esteem, but do boost your morale. Many times, it is not that you did not do well but someone else performed better. Uniqueness is important in setting you apart from the crowd.

The ‘chemistry’ did not work

Striking chemistry with the interviewer is a must. It could be the expression or the tone of conversation through-out the interview which did not satisfy the interviewer.  Sometimes they just don’t ‘feel connected’ or you fail to create the ‘connect’ with that one quality your hiring company is looking for.

Sometimes the body language is read and the panel interviewing you is not convinced. Deb Niezer, COO of AALCO Distributing says, “You look at body language, the way they speak, and the way they present themselves to show the whole picture. If the aspirations do not match the body language, it sends a different message.”

You appear not to be interested in the job

It’s important to leave the interview on a high note that your skills and abilities are most suited for their firm. Leave no doubts what so ever in their minds. For, that is the best way to show your interest.

On the contrary, if your answers were too brief or you did not open-up and ask simple questions about the job, these are taken as indicators of lack of interest. Interviewers look forward to a ‘follow up’ by you after the interview. It shows you are responsive and keen to join.

Talking of interest, Shiv S Mishra, founder and CEO of Expanrr.com, says,

“One of the candidates was extremely bright and very driven, but what clicked were some very relevant questions I was asked at the end by the candidate about the company’s journey and its future goals.”

When a candidate evinces such interest he or she leaves a lasting impression.

Take away

What is important is learning from rejection at an interview and trying again with improved performance. There are plenty of opportunities to live up to your potential.

Remember to walk the talk. As companies get tired of listening to the same repetitive stuff, they pay attention to subtler details, say the ‘spark in your eyes’!

Though we have highlighted some of the most visible reasons, each one of you may have your own unique experiences. Share with us as we welcome your suggestions in support of your progress.


Expanrr Staff

Expanrr Staff

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