5 reasons you got the interview, but not the job – advice from Inspiring Interns

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Graduates, Interviews, Postgraduate, Second Year

The job hunt can be stressful. You managed to secure an interview but were rejected from the job. It’s natural to feel downhearted and confused about what went wrong.

Usually, there’s always one particular reason why you didn’t quite make the cut.

You may be tempted to push it to the back of your mind and start over, but it’s always a good idea to reflect on the experience and learn from your mistakes. In some instances, you may be given feedback from the employer, but if not, then don’t fret, as we’re going to list some very common reasons why the interview may not have gone as planned.

You waffled

We’ve all done it. We get nervous and start waffling beyond our control. You hear the question and you start talking and talking and lose the original point. It’s natural to jump in and answer the question as quickly as possible when you’re panicky, but it’s always best to ensure your answer is structured, concise and to the point.

You didn’t flatter them

In your mind, you may believe that all companies in a certain niche are near enough the same – but that’s not what the employer wants to hear. They want to be recognised as unique and set apart from competitors. If they don’t feel flattered by the candidate, it’s unlikely they’ll get hired. After all, they want to be sure that they’re excited about the prospect of working for them and have chosen to apply for certain reasons.

You weren’t a good fit

Another reason why you may not have got the job is that you weren’t the right fit for the company. Perhaps you don’t have the same ethos or your goals don’t align with the company’s future growth. In some cases, there may not be anything you can do about that and it isn’t always about changing yourself to match the job. After all, there will be always another one that comes along that’s a better fit for you.

You fibbed on your CV

It can be tempting to exaggerate the content of your CV, but it definitely won’t do you any favours. The employer will likely ask you to expand on points you have written – so you’ll easily be caught out if you have tried to twist the truth. Not only that, but it won’t give a very good impression of you. Employers want to hire someone honest, trustworthy and reliable.

You didn’t show enthusiasm

In a lot of cases, candidates are turned down for roles because they don’t appear as though they’re desperate to get it. In most cases, this is probably down to nerves, but employers want to see your personality and enthusiasm shine through at the prospect of becoming a part of their company.

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Written by Laura Bill, who works for Inspiring Interns. Inspiring Interns is the first recruitment company to use the innovative technique of video CVs to place young jobseekers into employment. Since their founding in 2009, they have placed over 7,500 graduates into the workplace, as well as providing useful advice for recent graduates and employers.