Five Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

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The email that you’ve been waiting for is finally in your inbox. You eagerly open it, remembering how well you did on the interview. Or…how well you thought you did. You shake your head as you read the rejection letter. What could have gone wrong? Well, here are five reasons why you might not have gotten the job:

Your Tone of Voice

Often, first impressions are made based on the way that you speak. Speaking too casually or even too formally can be a big detriment in the potential employer’s opinion of you, depending on what they are looking for. Get to know the company before your interview and try not to sound too timid or aggressive; strike a nice balance in the middle that seems approachable and friendly, but shows that you are serious and a hard worker.

Lack of Resume 

A solid, well-written resume has a lot to do with your odds of getting offered the job. Make sure to proofread yours before submitting it, fix the grammar and have a professional email address. It’s also helpful to tailor your resume for each company that you are applying for; different businesses have different needs from their employees.

Eager to Please 

Believe it or not, appearing too eager for an interview is almost as harmful as being late and sloppy. Arriving, say, a half hour early for an interview can make the employer feel rushed to get to you. Also, having an overly enthusiastic tone during the interview might make you appear desperate for the job.

How Much Does it Pay 

Salary is an extremely important part of any job offer. Making sure you have enough to make ends meet is an obvious priority. However, if given the option to ask any questions you may have, don’t make this your first one. It might make it seem like all you care about is money, rather than the potential job opportunity or the interests of the company as a whole. Ask other questions first.

Former Employers 

Maybe you had a negative experience with your previous employer. When asked about it, try not to talk too negatively about them. As tempting as it can be, you want the interviewer to know that you have respect for the higher-ups, regardless of how poorly they might have treated you. Also, if your potential employer called your former employer, they may have said something that prevented you from getting the job.

Liz Ryan, a contributor at Forbes magazine says that you might not have been hired because they didn’t hire anyone else either (but you won’t know that). She writes, “They posted the job ad to survey the market and get free consulting ideas from candidates. Watch for the same job ad to be posted again in about six months!”

She does give out a great piece of advice in her article though, “The minute you hear ‘no thanks’ (or deduce a ‘no thanks’ message) from any employer, move on. Some of them will wish they had hired you a few months down the road when their pain is even worse than it is now, but you’ll be miles away, moving down your path by then!”

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