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Common Reasons Why Job Seekers Don't Get Hired
Thursday, January 24, 2013

In cases of rejection, most people would naturally rather not know the reasons why they weren't wanted. The rejection alone can be a big enough blow to a person's confidence and knowing why would only add insult to injury.

For job seekers though, this information is more than just constructive criticism. It's a way for job seekers to better understand what the hiring managers are looking for, and not just areas where they hit bumps.

Rejections typically come in the form of generic "thanks, but no thanks" letters or no word at all. In order to find out what went wrong, you have to go back to the source. Keep in mind that even qualified candidates get passed over.

The following list of reasons will give you some useful insight as to why hiring managers choose the way they do and help you work on refining your interviewing techniques:

Lack of enthusiasm
No one wants to show up to an interview shaking with nerves, but being on the opposite end of that spectrum can also be the wrong way to go. While being calm and collected, you still want your passion for what you do to be apparent. Showing enthusiasm for the position helps to impress upon the interviewer that you're ready to fully invest yourself in that role. The interviewer need to see that getting the job for you is about creating a foundation for a career, not just a paycheck.

Not having a pitch
Throughout your job search you have to keep selling yourself to potential employers so like salespeople you have to have a pitch ready to reel in your customers. Your pitch allows you to give them a rundown of the your best highlights. A pitch isn't a chance for you to brag about yourself but for you to provide reason to convince them that you're the best person for the job.

Know who you're dealing with.
Doing your homework is important for any situation where you're being put to the test. And for someone looking for a job, an interview is the ultimate test. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to be prepared for an interview. You should strive to know as much about the company as an employee would. Learn the names and roles of significant people and what major milestones the company has achieved in its history. Your research will also help you ask smart and impressive questions.

Don't underestimate the difficulty level of the interview.
Interviews are meant to be tough in order to select the candidate who can handle pressure the best. Some companies are turning to alternative ways to conduct their interviews. For example, instead of having you simply talk about your experiences, they may actually want you to demonstrate your abilities on the spot. They know that the competition out there is still so before they buy into what a candidate says he or she can do, they'll essentially take your work for a test run.
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