Top Five Reasons Why You Don't Receive the Offer

July 2018 Recruiting Commentary

It's always disheartening to be rejected. When you've been on a job search for a while and come across a position that really piques your interest, your hopes couldn't be higher. After interviewing for this job, not hearing the news you want or not hearing anything at all can crush your spirit. Sometimes you won't be the right fit, but you don't want to be disqualified over factors you can control. Here are some interviewing tips about what NOT to do in the hiring process.

It's always disheartening to be rejected. When you've been on a job search for a while and come across a position that really piques your interest, your hopes couldn't be higher. After interviewing for this job, not hearing the news you want or not hearing anything at all can crush your spirit. Sometimes you won't be the right fit, but you don't want to be disqualified over factors you can control. Here are some interviewing tips about what NOT to do in the hiring process.

1) Not Being Clear on Compensation Expectations

In the application process, companies will likely ask about your salary expectations. Sometimes it's a category directly on the application form or a required statement in your cover letter. One way or another, you'll have to provide recruiters with a figure. If you fail to give your expectations, this might indicate that you don't have enough experience to supply a solid range or you didn't do enough research about the position. If you change your estimate from the application to the interview, the hiring manager might find you confusing or, worse, dishonest and be turned off towards furthering you as a candidate.

2) Flubbing the Follow-up

This step can be the deciding factor between front-runners. Recruiters want to know that you are passionate about their company and the position. Besides your initial interest through applying, and your enthusiasm in the interview, you have to remind your interviewers of who you are and why you're the right choice.

A follow-up note or email tells the committee that you sincerely want the job and that you appreciate their time in considering you. Even if you did well in the interview and have all the right qualifications, when you don’t reach out soon afterward, you will hinder your chances because recruiters might second-guess how good you were or not take you seriously.

3) "Ghosting" or Disappearing After Your Application or Interview

First, “ghosting” refers to the act of withdrawing from all communication with someone whom you were previously in contact. This can happen when a recruiter reaches out to you, and you are seriously delayed in your reply. It can also signify a lack of response through a multi-interview process.

If you fail to express your nearly immediate enthusiasm to return for another interview or to accept an offer, you will not be given a second chance. Sometimes a hiring manager may assume you are ghosting them when you don't send your follow-up note. Delayed or lack of communication says you are distracted, irresponsible, and indifferent—not the ideal characteristics of a new co-worker.

4) Not Being Transparent about Your Situation

Similar to stating your salary expectations, you need to clearly yet succinctly convey your larger career goals and attitude toward the position. The interview process isn't just a stepping stone to a job or a situation in which interviewers hold all the power; it's an opportunity for you decide if this company is the right fit for you.

Communicate any concerns about the company's structure or future and the job posting's details such as general duties, start-date, salary, or schedule. If you are unable to answer questions about these topics or you answer them vaguely, your interviewer will find you withholding. In the event you receive an offer but reject it for reasons you previously stated would not be an issue, you will appear dishonest and have possibly burned a professional bridge.

5) Not Asking Questions During the Interview

You will never get through an interview without being asked, "Do you have any questions for us?" So you need to be prepared to answer. When you reply, "No, I think we covered everything," you look uninterested. On top of that, it shows that you don't have the capability to a little research or put in the initiative.

If you have compiled some questions, make sure a Google search wouldn't easily solve them. Ask penetrating questions that demonstrate how smart and engaged you are; for example, ask why your interviewer(s) enjoy working at the company, for the top qualities of the person in your role, and what obstacles would you might have to overcome in this position.

Follow these job search tips, and you'll find the recruiting process is much smoother. You will have significantly improved your interview skills, and you'll receive more positive feedback, second interviews, and ultimately job offers. Don't wait to fix simple issues that are preventing you from landing that dream job.

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