A preparing a professional looking CV that matches the requirements of the role will get you the interview and if the panel cannot decide, a CV may help the panel decide to make an offer after the interview. However, the key in receiving an offer is not your CV but how you preform in the interview. This guide will cover the most likely reasons as to why an offer was not made.
Your skills do not meet the role
The reason why companies do not hire from CVs, resumes, is because an applicant can look good on paper but when they begin asking questions, it is clear their skills do not meet the role.
For example, a service manager in IT is quite different than a service manager for a grocery chain. The titles may appear similar and have similar soft-skill sets. However, the skills required to perform each role are quite different and it is not until you begin asking questions, the differences become apparent.
You do not understand the role
When inviting a job applicant to an interview the hiring manager sees something on your application that indicates you have the skills for the role. However, in the interview your follow-up questions and responses indicate to them you do not understand the role.
You did not sell yourself
Job interviews are about selling yourself and your skills. Like any sales pitch you need to understand your audience and what motivates them.
Personality does not match the job
Some jobs require certain personality characteristics due to the role requirements or the team you will join. For example, nursing requires the ability to work closely with patients but at the same time keep an emotional distance. If you are someone who easily develops emotional attachments then certain areas in nursing may be difficult for you such as, critical care, emergency medicine, and oncology. The way you answered the questions, may have indicated to the panel, you form emotional attachments and if the hiring manager is looking for someone who can keep an emotional distance then you may find an offer not forthcoming. Likewise, if you are outgoing, then roles in IT, Finance, or accounting, may be tough interviews for you. These roles require period of intense concentration and working without interruption.
You arrived late or poorly dressed
This is quite self-explanatory.
Showing passion for the job is a relatively new trend. No longer are employers just looking at skill sets and personality. Employers are now looking for employees who demonstrate a passion for the role and company.
Unrealistic salary expectations, or unrealistic job expectations
General rule don’t ask about salary, benefits, or modification to the job (e.g. flexible working) until after the offer is made or the hiring manager brings it up. If the hiring manager begins discussion about pay make sure you know what the market is paying for a similar role.
Your questions were poor
Asking questions in the interview must come from listening to the interviewers and understanding the job description. You need to be attentive and listen to what is being said. You can prepare a list of questions to ask but be ready to change or modify your questions if they cover it in the interview. From my experience, I have seen candidates lose the offer because of their questions were either already covered during the interview or covered in the job description.
You were not prepared for the interview
Not preparing for an interview comes from many sources like:
- Believing you know the job
- Believing you will get the job because you know the people interviewing
- Believing preparation is not necessary
- Feeling that you are too busy to prepare
- Not knowing how to prepare
By not preparing the hiring manager will see it as a lack of interest and lack of passion for the role.
You expected to fail
A lot of times this will come across as lacking self-confidence and will be seen your demeanour. Most likely you were selling yourself short in your answers by using the word “we” instead of “I” did this.
The job was pulled
Sometimes, the company decides not to go forward with the role. There are many reasons why a company decides not to go forward. Examples include when the company is looking to restructure, end of the year, company is cutting expenses, company is cutting jobs, company decide to reconfigure the job due to changes in the company, or economic downturn.
Candidates did not fit the role requirements
This is like the above reason. Sometimes the pool of candidates that were interviewed did not meet the requirements and the company is re-opening the job.
If you are an external candidate, applying from outside of the company, they chose an internal candidate.
Companies tend to ebb and flow with their hiring decisions. I have seen companies give preference to internal candidates in order to help promote within and then other times, I have seen companies decide to give preference to external candidates in order to diversify or because the company is expanding.
You are not listening to the questions
I believe this happens for one of two reasons. One reason is you are nervous, and you are letting your nerves get the best of you. Second is lack of preparation and not understanding the role.
Someone better suited for the role
You can be impeccably qualified for the role and sometimes, if it were offered at a different time then you probably would have received the offer; however, this time it went to someone else.
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