After a killer interview, not getting the job you were hoping for can feel like a crushing defeat. But one of the worst parts is the confusion about what went wrong. You felt like you connected with the interviewer and had the skills necessary to succeed. Where did it fall apart? If you thought the interview was a home run but you still didn’t land the job, here are a few possible explanations why:
- You didn’t have the background or skills they were looking for
- You have good experience but lacked solid technical skills that were needed in that role
- You didn’t appear to be a good fit within the culture of that organization
- You talked too quickly and didn’t present yourself well
- You didn’t speak up enough, and didn’t give an adequate presentation about what you have to offer
- You hadn’t done enough research about the company or the person hiring you
- You didn’t give clear examples about how you could benefit that company
- You didn’t have solid ideas in mind about what you would do should you be chosen to come on board
- You were late to the interview
- You came unprepared
- You pestered the hiring manager about the position
- You were rude to other members of the team whom you encountered during your interview
- They already had an internal candidate in place
There are any number of valid reasons why a person may not get the job they felt confident they deserved. In many cases, it’s a matter of presentation. Details matter when it comes to interviewing, so make sure to wear a clean, well-pressed outfit that is conservative and appropriate for that work environment. Speak slowly and clearly, and be ready with real examples about what you’ve accomplished in the past.
While past experience matters, it’s also important to show that you’re up-to-date on current programs and skills necessary to excel in that particular working environment. Lastly, don’t be afraid to talk about yourself. In most social situations bragging is frowned upon, but in an interview (tasteful) bragging is a must. If you don’t give plenty of real, relevant examples about what you can do and have done already, don’t be surprised if you don’t land the job.