“We regret to inform you that we have chosen another candidate and wish you the best of luck for the future.” Surely, you’ve read precisely this sentence several times after sending off an application. Oftentimes, you don’t know the reason for being turned down. We’ve put together 6 reasons why you didn’t get the job.
1. The job posting was still online although the position was already filled
It is highly possible that the job posting can still be found online although the company has already filled the position. The company simply forgot to delete the job ad. Especially if the ad has been online for some time, double-check if the position is really still available before applying. Look at the company’s website if the job ad was listed on a job portal or call the company and ask politely if applications are still being accepted.
2. There were too many applications
One of the most common reasons for a rejection. When companies receive a lot of applications, the chance of standing out is lower. For some positions, a suitable candidate has to be found quickly, and HR acts fast. That’s one point where your application can get lost in the shuffle. Therefore, really consider beforehand how you can stand out and what makes you, you. Always highlight your strengths and keep away from standard cover letters.
3. You didn’t match the job profile
It is clear in the job ad what the company is looking for in an applicant. Of course, you can’t always fulfill all criteria, and you apply anyway. However, when companies aim to find an expert in a certain field, it is possible that you won’t even be considered for the short list and receive a rejection letter. On the other hand, you might not be considered because you’re over-qualified.
4. You didn’t present yourself convincingly
Once you’re invited to a job interview, the first obstacle has been overcome. Yet the HR manager sitting across from you during the interview often decides based on feeling whether you still have a chance at the position. So always be friendly and open, and ask the right questions. Also pay attention to your posture and facial expressions.
5. There isn’t enough in the budget
At the end of the interview, the HR manager asks you, “How much do you want to earn?” Of course, you answer honestly and consider that you’d like to earn more in your potentially new job than in the old one. The company has set a budget beforehand of how much you can cost at most and enters into negotiations. However, if you’re still too expensive for the company after that, you will unfortunately be turned down. By the way, some companies already request a salary expectation in the job posting. If that is too high, it may scare off the company, and you’ll be turned down.
6. There was a desired candidate
Some companies are obligated to post a job opening. Internally, however, it’s already clear that the position will be given within the company to employee X, and the job posting is made on a pro forma basis. Of course, you don’t know that as an outsider and apply for the position. Don’t get angry about the rejection. Your application documents are up-to-date and you’re equipped for the next application.