11 Reasons You're Not Hired | Job Interview

You're probably reading this article because the company that interviewed you probably didn't get back to you, or you're too careful, and you want to know what might go wrong in an interview. Although there isn't a standardized rule book on how to behave in an interview, there are commonly agreed-upon behaviors and proper etiquette for a candidate to behave. Here are some of the unwritten rules that you should know for an interview

#1 Don't Lie

That's one thing you should never, ever do in an interview. It is off-putting and doesn't give a good impression of you. The HR department will check the backgrounds of the candidates, and if you're caught while they're cross-checking, you can kiss your potential job prospects goodbye.

#2 Don't be too early

I know, I know, most of you might think what's wrong with being early. It's late, that's the problem, right? Wrong. Interviews usually take some time to prepare. Interviewers need to be prepared for what and who they're about to encounter, and it takes some time. Interviewers might be doing some other work before the designated interview time, and if you went early to an interview, you're not only disrupting their work but the entire schedule that might follow on from there. So if you want to be the reason that the entire work schedule got disrupted and still want the job you so desire, try your luck!

#3 Don't make phone calls

Yeah, that's right. You probably already know that it's not proper etiquette to talk on the phone while attending an interview, but hey it's worth reminding. You might encounter employees already working in the company who already got a negative impression on you just by seeing you talk on the phone before an interview. I mean, imagine being not liked even before getting the job. You might also disturb the fellow candidates and their focus which will again make you not liked, and again imagine being not liked by people who might potentially be your co-workers. Trust me; it is not worth the risk.

#4 Being a jerk to the receptionist

So the company asked you to bring out copies, copies of copies and so on. There's usually a reason that companies ask you to bring those documents; there are always internal workplace systems in place. You probably might be frustrated with carrying around fifteen types of documents, but it's no valid reason to take out your frustration on the poor receptionist.

They didn't do anything to you; they were just following their system. The minute you start being a jerk to them, you would be seen as someone rude, inconsiderate, chaotic, unable to follow orders, and not a kind person. See how many negative adjectives there are? Not worth risking.

#5 Sounding rehearsed/ artificial

This is probably the most important area of an interview. To have a conversation. Interviews are all about being natural and being your true self and trying to be as honest as possible. It wouldn't work if you sound like a record, broken or not doesn't matter. I mean it's one thing to research the company and the position and practicing a bit for smooth sailing.

However, overdoing it certainly makes you devoid of individual character, and you'll lose one of the key aspects that'll get you hired. If you're nervous enough to not be your natural self, just slow down, take a breath and continue with the interview and if you need any clarification, just ask!

#6 Not researching enough

Now some of you might read the above point and stop researching enough, which is also bad. Not researching enough might send off signals that you're not interested enough in the job or the company. It also means you generally don't care what's happening and it might also mean you're rigid to updating, all bad things.

For the conversation of the interview to go smoothly, you need to have enough knowledge about the company, the job, and what's expected of you. There's over-researching and under researching and there's a grey area between those two. That's where you need to exist.

#7 Oversharing

Please for the love of God, don't do this. No one wants to hear you talk on and on about how you hate your previous company or your ex-boss. We get that you're not satisfied with your previous workplace; otherwise, you wouldn't come searching for a new one. All we need to know is the overlaying reason for your dissatisfaction, not all those times your boss humiliated you because you were slightly late to work.

Also talking bad about your previous companies might give off an indication that you might talk the same way about the present company, which nobody wants. So stick to the point and stay away from the over talking.

#8 Not making eye contact

This means you're not comfortable enough, not confident enough, not interested enough, probably lying about yourself, or thinking when you might leave this horrible interview. You get an idea about how big of a no this is. So try to be calm and relaxed while giving answers and sit straight. Let them see your confident self, not the nervous, self-doubting self.

#9 Not having questions to ask

Companies expect you to ask questions. Why shouldn't they? I mean they did the questioning till now, it's only fair. So you must be ready to use this chance to ask at least two or three questions about the company or the culture or anything related to your job. It sends off positive signals, that you did your groundwork well and that you're genuinely interested in the company and its vision and mission. What's better than a potential candidate wanting to learn more about where they're working!

#10 Not having a salary requirement

If you don't have a salary requirement, it means you undervalue yourself or even worse; you don't know the true value of your work. If you can't even value your work, how can you value the workplace? See how fast it escalated? This is why you need to do a bit of research about the payment that's usually done for the job you're about to do. It is easy, and it will give off the impression that you have a sense of clarity.

If the asking rate is close to the company's budget, which it usually is if you researched enough, they'd hire you easily as you've already established clarity in the monetary relationship.

#11 Not writing a thank you note

Last but not least, please write a thank you note after you've finished your interview. It's better if you write it within 24 hours of finishing your interview. It is basic courtesy and proper etiquette to thank the companies for providing a potential employment opportunity to you. Thanking them would only increase your chances of getting hired because you show the human element of connectedness and the trait to quickly integrate into the company culture. So don't forget to thank them!

Rejection is an important part of job interviews. For every job that you have landed, there will be more jobs that you don’t. While sometimes it is clear why you didn’t get the job, sometimes it is not. At times, you might come across interviews from whom you might not hear anything just after the application. If you are lucky, you will get an email or a rejection letter that you’re not selected for the interview.

In cases where you haven’t heard from them, try calling the employer or the interviewer to know why you have been rejected. As for them, what did you lack even when everything seemed like it went well. Ask the recruiter why you weren’t chosen and receive meaningful feedback that you can work on. However, the interviewers also don’t respond to such requests and give you rationale feedback – even when you’re a strong candidate. 

10 Reasons why you didn’t get selected for the interview:

  1. Were you qualified for the job: Check closely if you matched all the qualifications that are listed for the job. Read the roles and responsibilities in detail. Given the competitive job market, you have to either be exact or close to the job requirements that are listed in the interview.
  2. Did you fill your application? Did you provide all the required information on the application? Did you make any mistakes on the application? Did you list the accurate salary requirement? 
  3. Were your listed employment dates correct and accurate? Did you leave any information that has to be included? Some employers check the whole employment history before scheduling the interviews. This is one of the most important reasons to be accurate on the application.
  4. Is your resume relevant and organized to the content that is listed? Make sure that you have made it in a format that can be easily screened?
  5. Was your cover letter specific to the job requirements listed? Did you make it clear about the work experience, acquired knowledge, and the desired skills to get the job?
  6. Was your cover letter long to make an interesting case but is not dense for the interviewer to gloss at it? Your letters shall be around 3-5 paragraphs long with each paragraph about eight lines. Leave white spaces between the paragraphs as you punctuate and format them properly.
  7. Did you showcase all the skills and accomplishments relevant to the target job in your resume? Did you target it? Did you add all the values, academic projects, internships, and volunteer work throughout without flooding the resume?
  8. Did you mobile the network to find contacts on the current interviewer/employer who might put in a good word for you?
  9. Were all of your documents well written and error-free? Did you ask people to review the resume before sending it up? Is it proofread?
  10. Did you ask for proper references? If you were asked to provide the employment references, the employer might have checked with them before scheduling an interview. Know that your references lent a good word on behalf of you.

Rejection happens:

Keep in mind that you can still do everything right and not get the job or the interview. It is possible that you have given the best and were beaten out by someone better than you. It is also possible that your employer finds someone else better and suitable for the job than you. If you have determined that you’re the best fit for the job and spent good time and effort in impressing the interviewer, you can move on and pursue other options with an improved approach.

Rejection can also be a good thing in the longer run. If the company is not convinced that you’re the right option for the job, it is also not the best fit for you. Instead of spending much time, move on to the next opportunity, and stop regretting the job that you haven’t gotten. Sooner, you will find a preferred job.

How to move on from rejection: 

We agree. Rejecting is a difficult experience. But to move on from it, learn to refine the search techniques. Reflect upon all the aspects of your search and interview process by going through all the steps of the interview, right from phone interview to the follow up to identify why you’re being bogged down in interviews.

If you still have trouble figuring out why you are not hired, it can be helpful to take the input of a friend, a counselor, or a professional in the same industry to conduct an assessment on you. After the assessment, analyze the result and implement the changes that are suggested to you. Make sure to not get low about anything that’s said to you and work on the change to get a better version of you. Before you know, you will land up at a new job!