24 Reasons You Didn't Get the Job

Last Updated Apr 8, 2010 5:59 AM EDT

So, you are on the search for a new job. But, you're not getting interviews, or if you do, you aren't being called back. Here's a checklist of the common mistakes people make that quickly get them deselected for a post:


  • The more you network the more chance you'll have of getting a job, build your network and work at it and in it regularly.Find a mentor to help you with your job search. It's effective and valuable.
  • Make sure your email is reputable, don't give them 'lovesabeer@bt.co.uk
  • Ensure all your private stuff on social media sites is kept that way, don't allow potential employers to see you fooling around. They will Google you.
  • Keep your CV short, sharp, relevant and tailored to the job description, no-one has the time to read long scripts and a hirer will bore easily within just a few seconds and your time could be up.
  • Make sure the CV fits the job description or you'll be wasting your time.
  • Focus, focus, focus. The more targeted and defined you are in your search the better it will be.
  • Be sure that your work history is accurate, don't be caught out in fibs, because people will check you out with your referees.
  • Research the company thoroughly so that you can ask appropriate questions and suggestions.
  • Hold back on the cologne or perfume. Some people are allergic to too much scent, so be very sparse with its application.
  • Nerves may make you gabble, slow down, take a couple of seconds to pause before you answer any question.
  • Ladies, don't overdo the make-up and keep skirts to knee level.
  • Dress to match the job description. Don't try to be clever by being different -- it won't work. Think about your personal brand and ask yourself if someone would really buy you for your promise of value.
  • NEVER be late.
  • Are you slouching in your seat? Sit well back in your seat, but lean slightly forward to show interest, both feet on the floor, crossed legs can look arrogant.
  • Your eye contact might be dodgy. If you dislike making direct eye contact, practice doing it. People interpret lack of good eye contact as shifty. Keep a warm eye contact, but don't overdo it or stare at them like a rabbit in headlights.
  • Perhaps you're asking too many questions. Listen carefully too, and don't overwhelm them with queries.
  • Never allow yourself to be accused of arrogance. Younger people can be thought to be too full of a "What's in it for me?" attitude and older candidates might be seen as too fixed in their thought processes and expecting unrealistic salaries.
  • Never assume, unless told differently that you're on first name terms.
  • Never wing it. Make sure you have fully researched the business and have the appropriate understanding of what they need.
  • Yes or No are not sufficient responses to questions, have some examples to support your answers.
  • Never disrespect your past employers, even if they deserve it. Make it a positive statement about your experiences with them and show what you learned from them.
  • Ask open questions that show you are really interested, such as: "Where could I go within the company if I prove myself in this role?"
  • Never forget to write a 'thank you' note for the interview even if you didn't get the job, it will leave a very good impression for your chances further down the line.
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