There are many reasons why you are not getting hired. I break them up into two categories for this blog post.
Category 1: You were not hired for reasons you cannot control
Some reasons for not getting hired you have no control over. Dealing with reasons out of your control is easy.
You know why you were not hired. Something crazy caused you to miss an interview. There is nothing you can do. You continue job searching.
Category 2: You were not hired for reasons within your control
These reasons are tougher to accept because it was you who caused yourself not to be hired.
It is not fun to admit, especially when category 1 is so easy to fall back on.
You can blame everyone all day for not getting hired, but it still does not change the reasons why you are not getting hired.
We list the reasons below.
1. You did not research the company before the interview
Applying online for jobs is nothing more than filling out forms.
If you get yourself into an interview situation but never bothered to look up what the company does, the job interview will end badly at some point.
They will bring up something about the company that either bothers you or leaves you speechless during an interview question.
You just wanted to get hired and get paid! You should have checked out the company beforehand.
2. You are not being realistic about the jobs you apply for
It is great to think big and view yourself as getting hired as the next Vice President of a well-known global company!
However, there is one thing you forgot:
Your competition and the experience or relevant skills the other job seekers possess
You think, “It is a great job and I can learn how to do it.”
Your competition is talking about all the reasons their resume proves they should be hired.
Sometimes, you have to be realistic and accept there is more you must accomplish in your career before applying to certain jobs.
3. Your attitude in job interviews turns hiring managers off
You may be the most highly skilled, incredible person on planet Earth.
But if you get into a job interview and start coming across as bitter, frustrated, negative, or argumentative, you will scare hiring managers into not hiring you.
They need to know you will work well within the company. Present yourself as someone who gets along well with others.
4. You are applying to all the wrong jobs
This happens quite often when you apply for jobs based on the job title alone.
For example, the job title ‘Program Manager” is used across many industries, yet the job descriptions are not all the same between tech, healthcare, media, finance, etc.
Make sure you read the job description before applying to jobs, especially if you seem to never hear back from companies.
Their silence is feedback itself into why you are not getting hired.
5. You are talking too much in job interviews
In the spirit of this reason for not getting hired, I will keep it short and sweet.
Stick to explaining why you should be hired based on the job description.
Avoid rambling on about irrelevant topics.
Talking too much in job interviews sends a message that you lack focus.
That is all.