You were called in for a job interview, so it's obvious your resume impressed the company. Yet you never received a callback and now you're wondering what happened and why you were passed over for someone else. Was it something you said? How did you act during the interview? Or did someone else just perform better than you? You may never specifically know with the particular job in question, but we are here to help you determine what prevented your interview from turning into a job offer.
What's Preventing A Job Offer?
First, it's important to take a step back and analyze the entire situation. There are times where you may just have not been a 100% correct fit for the company. Look at what the company's job description wanted and what you had to offer. Did you fit it like a glove or were you missing important requirements? It is important to be completely honest with yourself here. If you're not honest with yourself, you'll never figure out what's preventing you from landing a job offer after interviewing.
If you've gone over yourself and you seem to fit the job description perfectly, look over your application material. Are there spelling errors or problems with the cover letter? Maybe there is material that isn't as polished as it should be. You may be surprised just how easily it is to miss an occasional mistake or grammar error here or there. Ask someone to go over your material and to flag any errors they see. Fresh eyes can do wonders when it comes to picking out small details you might have missed.
Consider your interview and look over your resume. Did they bring up issues where you might have lacked experience? It might be difficult to think back on all the questions but go over the resume anyway. You might spot something that jogs your memory.
Your Interviewing Performance
It's critical that you understand the importance of an excellent interview. This can often be the difference between having a great new job and missing out. Chances are there are multiple candidates interviewing for the same job though, so if you don't land the first job it's okay, there may not be anything wrong with what you did. However, we recommend going over your interview performance to see if there are any areas you can improve upon for the next one.
Looking back at your interview, did you feel like you had a good connection? Did you feel comfortable talking to them? If something felt off to you, chances are they felt the same thing. Also, did you struggle offering up reasonable answers? Sometimes even the best of us are off during an interview. You may have fumbled when answering a question like "tell us about yourself" or "what's your greatest weakness." These are standard interview questions, but sometimes you can practice it so much that your mind goes blank and you try to remember what you practiced instead of just going with the flow. If you did struggle, don't worry. This is easy to correct. It's also beneficial to know what may have prevented you from landing the job, so it's better to identify these issues, even when they're embarrassing than to have no clue what went wrong.
A big problem for those hiring a new employee is when the interviewee asks about salary, vacation time, benefits or other similar compensation points without being prompted. You haven't even received the job yet and are asking about vacation time. This is a red flag and, even if you interview better than others, it might completely turn the interviewer off. It doesn't matter if you do need vacation time moving forward, don't bring it up right out of the gate until after you're offered the job.
Also, did you ask questions? At the end of the interview, the interviewer likely asked if you "had any questions." Did you say "nope, I'm all set" or did you bring up questions about how the company is run, what the goals of the business are and so on? Asking questions shows your interest in the job more than just being a job. You need to ask questions, so make sure you have a few tucked away the next time you go in for an interview.
Can't Identify A Problem With the Interview
So maybe after going through everything you can't spot a problem with your resume, you seem to fit the job like a glove, and you didn't have any hiccups with the interview process. What now? In these instances just brush yourself off and move on. You're not going to win them all, and there are sometimes cases where other applicants are simply better for the job.