The other day, I shared a fellow blogger’s post about reasons one is given for not receiving a job offer. While it is important to know the reasons, it is more critical to know what to do to counter those reasons so as not to cost you an opportunity in the future.
1. Not ready, not right
“…they’ll (hiring managers will) make the offer to the candidate with the best experience and skill fit for the job.”
You were just told ‘no’ because you lacked certain skills or experiences that were crucial for success in the role. What now? First, take heart that you were not told that you cannot do the job, rather your skill or experience levels are not appropriate at this time. If you can evaluate the skill and experience levels of the person who was hired for the position, you can identify areas where you were lacking.
Another avenue one should explore is meeting with mentors or supervisors to create a gameplan for growth and development. What do you need to do in your career path to ensure the next time the role opens that you are the one with the appropriate skill and experience levels? Create and execute the gameplan with an eye to the future.
2. Not strong enough
“…this is about confidence and strength.”
This reason is a reflection on the impression a candidate forms during an interview. Whenever one is moving to a higher level position, there are concerns whether one is ready to be the leader, provide vision, and/or make the move from peer to supervisor. If one harbors questions or doubts in his own abilities to make the move, he will be tagged with the “not strong enough” label.
This label can be prevented with interview practice to ensure your confidence in your abilities to handle the increased responsibilities comes through in your interview. One must believe he is the best person for the role, must believe he is qualified for the role and will be successful. If you don’t believe you are the right person for the job, how can you convince the hiring manager that you are the best candidate?
3. Looking for any job
“Employers can tell when your head’s not in it. They can tell when the job is an OK match for you but not a great match.”
I see this scenario quite a bit in my hiring efforts – applicants who really don’t care about the role except for that it is a job. While I appreciate the desire to work and earn a paycheck, one needs to realize that the applicant must communicate a level of interest in the role in order for the employment situation to be successful.
Knowing that you will be spending 8-10 hours a day at the office, working with current employees, and performing the position responsibilities, one has to be excited about the role. Imagine if someone asked you to perform a series of tasks that you really don’t care for (but don’t loath) for eight hours a day, five days a week. How quickly would you become disengaged in the tasks?
When applying for roles, one needs to find parts of the job that are exciting and of interest. Focus on these aspects of the role during one’s interview to help communicate why you would be interested in the position.
4. Not enough energy
“Low energy in the interview says even lower energy (and productivity) on the job.”
No one wants to hire or work with Debbie Downer, and while you don’t need to have the energy level of Richard Simmons, you do need to show positive energy in an interview. Eye contact, smile, good handshake, and body posture will communicate much more to an interview than your words.
If you feel that you are low on energy in general, begin a workout routine to help you boost your overall energy levels.
5. Not a team player
“Some jobs require a great deal of cross-functional team work. There will be little room for the lone ranger.”
While it is important to demonstrate your leadership skills to a future employer, one also needs to communicate the ability to work on a team in a supporting role. In your interview, be sure to highlight times where you were part of a team and not the leader and how you supported others to help them be successful.
It is tough to receive a rejection from a job interview. Take a day or two to absorb the news (and the emotions that come with a rejection). Then get past the disappointment and focus on the reason why you were not the chosen candidate. Once you can identify the reason, you can move on to address the issue so the next time you will be the obvious choice!