One of the most frustrating things about conducting a job search is that when you don’t get the job, employers will usually not tell you what happened. At best you will receive a form letter that thanks you for your interest and informs you that they selected someone else.
But here are some likely reasons that you didn’t receive the job offer after the interview:
1) You weren’t a good fit. This doesn’t mean that you didn’t have the skills to do the job. It means that the interviewer didn’t think that you were a good fit with the company culture. So if for example you came across as an easygoing person but the company culture is hard charging, the interviewer may have decided to go with someone else whose personality fit the company.
2) Someone else matched the qualifications more closely. This happens sometimes. You may have the qualifications for the job, but if you had 90% and another candidate had 95% or 100%, the employer will hire the other candidate.
3) They closed the position. For reasons usually only known to the employer, sometimes organizations advertise a position and then close it without filling it. This can happen even after they interview candidates. There is nothing you can do about this scenario other than keep applying for other positions and keep interviewing.
4) You didn’t do well in the interview. Perhaps the interviewer asked you a question that you weren’t prepared for or you became so nervous that you didn’t present yourself well. Although you can’t do anything about an interview that is past, you can and should prepare thoroughly for your next interview.
5) They filled the position with an internal employee. It can be very difficult to compete effectively with an internal candidate. Even if you are as qualified as the internal candidate, in many cases the employer will fill the position with someone internal because that person is already known within the organization.
6) They are in no hurry to hire. Weeks may have passed without you hearing anything about the position, so you may assume that they have hired someone else. That may not necessarily be the case. Sometimes organizations use an abundance of caution, and they don’t move quickly to fill the position. They may be still deliberating on who to hire.
7) They thought you were overqualified for the position. This can be a difficult hurdle to overcome. If you have significant work experience, and especially if you are applying for a position that is lower than one that you held before, employers will often assume that you are overqualified, and you would not stay long if they offered you the position. If you really are interested in the position even though it is a step back for you, you should prepare in advance of the interview how you will address this issue. You may be able to speak enthusiastically about how the mission of the organization aligns with your values, or you may share with the interviewer that you are interested in a less stressful position at this stage of the career.
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