5 reasons you didn’t get the job
Getting tired of sending out countless resumes and getting nothing in return? Not even a courtesy email saying you were rejected? It could be for a number of reasons, but it’s up to you to reevaluate your application process and make sure you’re doing the best you can do to land the job.
While most employers don’t disclose why you weren’t chosen for the position, there are ways you may be able to figure it out. Fortunately, AOL recently listed out some of the most typical reasons why employers reject applicants. These reasons may be able to help you out on your next job application and make you look like a more qualified candidate in the future.
In some cases the rejection is completely out of your control, for example, if the employer hires someone internally instead of outside of the company. But in other instances, it could be because of a resume error, an interview mistake, or even because you were overqualified.
Here are five of the reasons from AOL’s list:
1. Your resume didn’t clearly state your qualifications - Make sure you specify how exactly your skills and accomplishments can benefit the employer. Sometimes companies use computer scanning systems that review resumes for keywords and phrases that match the employer’s needs, so be cautious in the wording of your resume. Make sure you edit your resume for each job you apply to, and don’t send the same resume to several job applications.
2. There were mistakes on your application – Having a grammatical or spelling error can sometimes be the deciding factor for if you’re called into an interview or not. Always proof read and spell-check your cover letter and resume, and even ask a friend to glance over it one last time in case you missed anything.
3. You said something inappropriate during the interview - If you got past the resume phase and made it to the interview, be careful as to how you answer questions. Even if you really disliked your last job, don’t talk negatively about a former boss or co-worker. Also, even in an informal setting, make sure you remain professional when responding to questions.
4. Employers hired within the company – Unfortunately for jobseekers, some employers advertise jobs when they know they’re going to fill the position internally. This just happens to be how some companies operate and is beyond the applicant’s control.
5. You posted something inappropriate on a social network - Employers will typically Google the applicant’s name to find their photos and comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media profiles. If you have anything inappropriate or questionable that’s visibly online, there’s a good chance your application will get rejected.