You Didn’t Get The Job. Why Not?
You aced the interview, your résumé sings, but in the end, you didn’t get the job. Chances are, you’ll never know why.
It is a painful conundrum of the job search process: Rejected candidates want to understand why they didn’t get hired, but employers, fearing discrimination complaints, keep silent. And those who do speak up offer little more than platitudes.
Without specifics, candidates are left to repeat the same mistakes, while hiring managers complain they’re swamped with applicants who miss the mark.
Why you’ve been rejected
Still reeling from the latest job rejection letter? A bruised ego and a battered self-confidence can take time to heal, but it’s important to discover what went wrong, and how to avoid it next time.
The most common reason for being turned down is a lack of technical knowledge. To improve this you may simply need to revise answers for technical questions in more detail or you may need to pursue further courses/qualifications.
Another common reason for rejection is interview style. Interviews can make the most confident of us extremely nervous. After all you are being interrogated under a spotlight and the slightest miscommunication or, worse, the mood of the interviewer, can jeopardise your chances. Often it is a psychological thing.
The applicant-tracking systems, which are used by almost every large employer, score candidates based on rough measures like the number of keyword matches between a job description and a résumé. “If you scored 90 out of 100, you might apply again later. But if you scored a 20, you know you applied for the wrong job,” keyword-matching process
But when the reasons for a rejection can’t be boiled down to more clear-cut measures like experience or education, “You don’t know how to adjust going forward.”
This can be difficult, but it is essential for your development. You may find it easier to receive if you apply through a head hunter as they usually have long-standing relationships with employers, ensuring that candid feedback is given to them about a candidate post-interview.
You can narrow your search
Be highly selective with where you apply. Don’t be afraid to turn down opportunities pitched to you as perfect by head-hunters and recruitment agencies if you feel they are not right. Where you feel you are suitable, research the role, the company, its culture and the team you will be working with in as much detail as possible to gauge how appropriate you are before accepting an interview. If you are being represented by a head hunter ask them to provide you with as much accurate information as possible and back this up with your own research. It is advisable to read the profiles of those interviewing you on LinkedIn.