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Understanding why you did not get the job after your job interview

Understanding why you did not get the job after your job interview

If you have been unsuccessful in a job interview, you may be wondering what went wrong. It is a good idea to request feedback on your interview, but there is no assurance that the comments will be honest, and you may not receive any feedback at all. Unfortunately, this can be even more irritating, but by conducting a self-evaluation, you may be able to determine what went wrong. These are some of the possible explanations for your job interview failure.

Arrival Delay

Turning up late may not seem like a big concern, but it might have a significant impact on your chances of success in the interview. Of course, things happen outside of our control, but when it comes to a job interview, you should account for all probable impediments, such as traffic jams and late trains or buses. If you are unclear of the location, you should make a dry run the day before to see how long it will take. The recruiters want to know that you will be a dependable, professional employee, and arriving late for the initial interview is not a good indicator of this.


Consider how you would hire for your own company. You’d want to know that the prospect you’re interviewing is truly enthused about the role and the organization. If you come across as uninterested during the interview, this could be one of the reasons they decided not to move on.

Consider the interview and how you responded to the questions. Did you display genuine enthusiasm? Were you enthusiastic about the firm and the possibility of working there? Or do you believe you could have shown more interest? Interviews are stressful, and applicants frequently become preoccupied with their responses rather than listening to what the interviewer has to say. For example, they may have informed you that they are expanding into five more nations throughout the world, and you may have failed to respond. This could be misinterpreted as a lack of excitement.

A scarcity of examples

The interviewer expects you to delve into detail and provide instances, rather than simply answering with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ For example, if they ask if you have ever worked in a team, they expect you to tell them about the times you have worked in a team and give one specific example of a positive experience you had with teamwork, i.e.

‘In each of my responsibilities, I have worked in teams; for example, when I worked at insert company, I helped lead the team and motivate individuals. The teamwork we shown enabled us to prepare the store for Christmas weeks ahead of schedule.’

This not only broadens your response, but also provides the interviewer with material to delve into further, such as managing deadlines, etc. It is critical that the interview be a two-way street, rather than a yes or no answer session. Consider your interview and whether you answered the questions completely or not. It could be something to think about and practice for your next job interview.

Failure to Comply with Instructions

It is critical to carefully study the interview invitation in case there is any important information. For example, they may insist that you bring your portfolio, ID, and so on, and if you don’t, it may affect your overall revenue. Of course, if you are miles ahead of everyone else and blow them away throughout the interview, this is unlikely to cause major issues, but it could if it is a tight call. It demonstrates a lack of attention to detail, which may be an important component of the job.

Casual Dress

Did you dress formally for the interview, or did you go casual with jeans and a t-shirt?

Unless otherwise specified by the recruiter, you should always dress professionally and smartly for the interview. It demonstrates that you are professional, that you care about your appearance, and that you want to make a good first impression. If you have not made this effort, it may reflect negatively on the interview, especially if you will be working with clients. If you work in construction, it is less of an issue, but it is always better to appear too sophisticated than too casual. This could be the reason you were turned down for the interview.

Internally Hired

Another reason you may be unsuccessful at an interview has nothing to do with you or your performance. It’s possible that the recruiters decided to hire someone internally instead of going through a formal process. This is unfortunately pretty prevalent, and it is clearly extremely frustrating for candidates. It can make your job hunt feel pointless, but you never know what opportunities may occur as a result.

Extremely Nervous

It is very acceptable to be apprehensive during an interview. After all, you’re out of your element, and being in the spotlight might be unsettling. However, there is a distinction to be made between a little nervousness and being extremely nervous, to the extent that the recruiter is anxious about hiring you.

If you have the jitters during an interview, there are certain things you can do to calm yourself down. Make sure you’ve researched and prepared your answers ahead of time, since this will help you feel more at ease during the interview. Always get a good night’s sleep the night before the big day and take your time answering the questions. Pay attention to what the interviewer is asking and don’t be afraid to pause for a moment or two to contemplate your response. The interviewers are not in a hurry, and they would prefer that you answer the question correctly rather than speeding through it.

Failed to Establish Rapport

Hiring judgments are made not only on the basis of your abilities and competence, but also on your ability to establish rapport with the interviewees. Assess their characters and respond accordingly. If they are relaxed and cracking jokes with you, for example, this is not the moment to be stiff. If they take a serious attitude during the interview, you should refrain from cracking jokes.

Assess the circumstances for yourself and try to emulate the interviewers’ demeanor. Another thing to think about is doing some research about the interviewers. You might discover that you have certain interests with them. For example, you may have attended the same university or be a member of the same organization. It may be better to avoid phrases like “I know you went to Birmingham University; I also studied there.” Simply mentioning where you studied will help you establish rapport.

Answers that are Perplexing

It is possible that some of your responses do not add up, which may bother the interviewers. The dates you provide at the interview, for example, may differ from those on your CV. It is critical to be clear and succinct in your comments, and to know your CV inside and out. This is why it is critical that you always be truthful on your CV; otherwise, you could easily make a mistake!

Superior Candidate

It may sound cliche, but sometimes a good interview just means choosing a better suitable candidate. It’s possible that it wasn’t anything you did during your interview, but rather that someone beat you to the punch. It is possible that the chosen applicant has industry experience that you do not. There isn’t much you can do if you’re up against more qualified job candidates.

You’re Not Going to Stay

Recruiters want someone who will stay there for as long as they need them, and if you say anything during the interview that says you won’t be satisfied in the work for long, they are unlikely to hire you.

If you indicate that you want to advance to a position that does not exist inside their organization, or that you want to relocate, the recruiter will see this as a red flag. Make it evident that you want the job and plan to stay for a long time. Otherwise, they may choose someone else. When looking for job vacancies in the UK, be sure to apply for positions that you are passionate about and will not be wanting to leave soon. If you are unsure about what type of role to pursue, seek career counsel.

There was no follow-up.

If there are two suitable applicants and the recruiters are undecided which to employ, who follows up after the interview may be the deciding factor. If another candidate reaffirms their interest, they may gain the upper hand. Always send an email following the interview to let the recruiters know that you are still interested in the position. Recruiters will only benefit from this.

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