Top 5 Reasons You're Not Getting Hired

February 08, 2019

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You’ve applied to jobs, and you’ve had a few interviews, but you haven’t yet made it to the job offer stage. There could be a few key reasons why you’re getting passed over for roles.

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1. You Lack Passion

Your resume and interview should be used as tools to make a strong first impression. When you apply to positions that you aren’t excited about, it shows—whether through the typos on your resume or the use of generic language in your cover letter. Having passion for your work is not a skill that can be taught.

First, it’s important to focus on applying for jobs at companies that you are truly passionate about. Then, convey excitement in your cover letter and in the interview by explaining why you’re eager to join and why you’re the right ideal candidate. Employers want someone who they believe will put the most energy into a role. Don’t be shy about your enthusiasm for the position you’re applying to.

2. You Don’t Know Anything about the Business

Candidates should never walk into an interview without first having conducted basic company research. You’re not expected to understand the company’s inner gears, but a general understanding of information that’s readily available to the public is a minimum requirement. Hiring managers expect applicants to have done their homework.

Researching your potential employer beforehand shows you’re legitimately interested in the company’s mission, values, and work. Employers want to hire employees who align with the company and can contribute to its success.

3. You’re Over/Underqualified

Being overqualified or underqualified for the role could be your downfall. When you’re willing to take any role—even one below your skill and experience level—it may indicate to employers that you will quickly leave once a more appropriate opportunity arises. When you’re applying to your dream job without the majority of the necessary qualifications, you will likely get passed over for more qualified candidates.

Recruiters and hiring managers expect your resume, strengths, and experience to line up with the majority of the job requirements.

Honestly compare yourself against the roles you’re applying to. Are these jobs in your area of expertise?

If you lack certain skills, it’s never too late to go back to school and consider the benefits of adult learning.

When you apply to roles within your realm of experience, you will be more likely to receive a job offer.

4. You Didn’t Ask Questions

You believe you gave an outstanding interview performance, but when it came time to ask the interviewer questions, you drew a blank.

Keep in mind the interview is also your chance to decide whether the company is the right fit for you.

Prepare a few questions ahead of time, so when your interviewer asks if you have any questions, you’re ready. The question can be as simple as “What does an average day in my role look like?” to show your interest in the role.

5. You Weren’t Honest

Many candidates’ biggest fear is being asked an interview question they don’t have a strong answer to or requires admitting a professional fault. If this happens, your best strategy is to turn a negative into a positive by showcasing your willingness to learn.

It’s the small changes that can make the biggest difference in your next job interview. Lying on a resume or in an interview is never a good idea. Honesty is the best policy.


Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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