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Not hired? 10 reasons you didn’t get the job

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Your resume was good enough to get you interviewed, you’ve gone through one (or more) rounds of interviews, met people who would be bosses or co-workers and decided you would like to work there. But, in the end, they didn’t offer you the job, Huffington Post reports.In most cases, the rejection was only for this one job and this point in time – not a permanent rejection.Sometimes, external things that have absolutely nothing to do with you personally get in the way of the job offer or completely derail the hiring process. While, other times, the rejection is personal, possibly something you might have avoided.Many of the reasons you didn’t get the job are completely outside of your control.1. They hired someone who already worked there: Known as an “internal hire”, competing with a current employee is very tough because choosing someone already working in the organisation is typically low-risk for the hiring manager. Many other employees know these people and their work, so the hiring manager has a fairly accurate impression of the person’s capabilities, personality and work ethic. Plus, they can usually “hit the ground running” more quickly than someone new to the organisation. In addition, internal hiring allows organisations to offer good employees the opportunity for advancement or, at least, for change.2. Someone else was a better networker: With two equally well-qualified and impressive people to choose from, the person who was referred by an employee gets hired twice as often as the “unknown” person – probably because the referred person is viewed as the lower risk (as in #1).3. The “chemistry” didn’t work: This mysterious factor is critical in determining who gets hired. It often translates to how well you were liked by the people who interviewed you. For some reason, you didn’t seem to be “a good fit” to one or two (or more) of the people who interacted with you. Since working for – or with – them was necessary to do this job, you didn’t make the cut. Sometimes you can impact this and sometimes you can’t.4. Budget issues caused cancellation or revision of the job: Something impacted the ability to fund this job. Perhaps sales or profits dropped, a market opportunity (or a crisis) developed, or something else unexpected happened. As a result, the employer decided they didn’t want to – or couldn’t – spend the money to have someone do the job specified in the job description. So, they cancelled the job, made it a lower-level (cheaper) job, or changed it in some other way that disqualified you.5. Organisational issues ended the opportunity: They decided to reorganise, shifting employees and/or responsibilities from one part of the organisation to another. Perhaps someone left (or a new need was identified) which provided the opportunity (or necessity) for restructuring the organization. Maybe management (or maybe one new manager) decided to head in a new direction. Or any of a thousand other things may have happened. Until “the dust has settled” they don’t add new staff.Many of the reasons you didn’t get the job are within your control. Assuming that you are applying for jobs that are a good match for you (or you wouldn’t have been interviewed), adjust your approach if you feel that any of these reasons are perhaps negatively impacting your job search.6. You need to leverage your network more effectively: Particularly if you are shy or introverted, networking is easy to avoid – a big mistake. An internal advocate can be a significant make-or-break advantage and many of those internal advocates are motivated by more than a chance to do you (and their employer) a favour. Often, employers have an “employee referral program” which rewards employees for referring someone who is hired. Solution: Choose your target employers and focus your networking activities on them. Look for contacts in your neighbourhood and network, including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Understand that simply having social media profiles does not mean you are using them effectively for job search networking.7. You weren’t prepared for the interview: Many things can go wrong in an interview – from arriving late, dressing inappropriately and texting during the discussions to bad-mouthing the people in your current or a former job. One of the most common – and deadly – mistakes is walking into the interview unprepared. Solution: Thoughtful preparation and practice (with a friend or your mirror) before the interview will help to settle your nerves and improve your performance in the interview. Know your answers to the standard questions. Have examples of your accomplishments ready to discuss, to demonstrate your ability to do the job. 8. They didn’t believe that you were truly interested in the job: This is the next most common (and deadly) mistake employers mention, after lack of preparation. 

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