Sometimes even the best-prepared job seekers don’t get the job.

It can be frustrating.

After all, you dressed the part. You were on time. You were friendly.  And they thought you were qualified for the job – they called you in for an interview in the first place. What went wrong?

You may never really know, since all you’re likely to hear are dime-a-dozen, generic reasons like, “We went with someone more qualified.”

But here are six possible reasons why you didn’t get the job:

  • The job changed, or disappeared. Things often happen behind the scenes that job seekers are not aware of. It’s possible that as the hiring managers were interviewing, they realized that they were looking for a different set of skills and the job itself changed. It’s also possible that the job was cut due to budgetary issues.
  • They opted to hire from within. Someone currently working for the company might have decided that they wanted to apply for the position. This is less of a hiring risk and managers are more likely to choose an internal employee over someone new. Not to mention that an internal candidate already knows the business and requires little-to-no training. It saves them both time and money.
  • You weren’t a good “fit” for the company. We don’t mean just qualifications-wise, but personality-wise as well. Sometimes when hiring managers are deciding between a few qualified candidates, they will base their decision on who will be a better personality fit with the team, the employer, and the company culture. In other words, it’s about having good chemistry, and you might not have had the best connection.
  • They didn’t think you really wanted the job. The interviewer might have gotten the impression that you weren’t passionate about the opportunity. They might have sensed something in your tone, or taken note of some of your verbiage. You might not have asked the right questions, or any Did you demonstrate that you had taken the time to research and learn something about the company? Did you ask about next steps?
  • Something happened with your references. Did you reach out to the people on your reference list and get their permission to use them as a reference? Did you let them know you were currently interviewing and that they might be contacted? Have you kept in touch with your references? References can seal or break the deal. Be mindful of your references and take the time to prepare them for a possible call.
  • No follow up. Did you send a thank-you note or email message thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in the opportunity? Doing this helps keep you top of mind, especially if you were one of the first applicants interviewed.

No matter what the reason why you ultimately did not get the job, the important thing is to not get frustrated and angry. Don’t give up on the job hunt and don’t give up on yourself.

Use every interview as an opportunity to learn and grow, whether you get rejected or get the job. Evaluate yourself. What were you most proud of during the interview? What do you wish you had done differently?

Being able to deal with rejection is a valuable skill, and it will go a long way in helping to enhance your confidence and, consequently, your interview skills.

If you are searching for new career opportunity, connect with a staffing firm. They offer coaching and interview preparation, as well as other resources to job seekers.

The expert recruiting team at Masiello would be happy to help you in your search. Tell us about your goals, needs and expectations. We are committed to providing the best opportunities possible.

At Masiello, we listen, we learn and we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible. Let us help!