It’s always discouraging to get passed up for a job you really wanted — especially when you really thought you nailed the interview. Sometimes the reason you weren’t selected is completely out of your control, but that’s not always the case. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, pick yourself up and take an honest look back at your interview, to see what you can do better next time. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from your mistakes to avoid making them again in the future.
3 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job
If you committed any of these three offenses, you can feel pretty confident this is the reason another candidate was selected instead.
You Were Too Desperate
Whether you’re on a date or a job interview, behaving in a desperate manner won’t get you anywhere but rejected. If you showed up 45 minutes early, volunteered to take less money than offered, and literally begged for the job, you came on way too strong. In the future, play it cool — even if you really are desperate for the job — because when you try too hard, the interviewer assumes you’re overcompensating for a hidden shortcoming.
You Didn’t Treat Everyone with Respect
No one wants to work with someone who looks down on others. You may have turned on all the charm for your interviewers, but word travels fast if you behaved in an entitled manner towards others, such as the administrative assistant, security guard, and interns. Next time, check your ego at the door and remember that each and every person on the team deserves the same level of respect.
You Chose Not to Send a Thank You Note
While promptly sending a thank you note after a job interview is a practice that has been around for decades, it is by no means obsolete. Many employers consider not sending a thank you note such a major faux paus that candidates who skip this step are automatically eliminated. Most of the time, it’s perfectly acceptable to email your note, but if the company is notably conservative, handwrite your letter and drop it in the mail.
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