Ever wondered why you keep getting knocked back from jobs you’ve applied for?
It’s disappointing when you don’t get a job you were hoping for. You take the rejection call or read the unsuccessful e-mail and naturally you feel a bit deflated. It’s happened to us all. It can be disheartening to consistently be rejected for jobs. You might feel you’re doing everything you can to impress in an interview, or that your CV is shining and you just can’t work out where you’re going wrong.
Today on the Blue Glove Jobs Blog, we look at some reasons why you’re not getting hired. Check it out:
You’re not selling yourself when you should be.
Naturally, as Brits, we find it completely cringeworthy when we’re asked to big ourselves up. We’d rather bury our heads in the sand. But, if there’s anywhere you should be talking yourself up, it’s in a job interview. There’s a good chance you’ve been shortlisted alongside a handful of other candidates, but the interview is really the time to make yourself stand out from the crowd – a good CV can only take you so far. We don’t doubt for a second that interviews aren’t nerve-wracking, but you need to sell yourself. Think of it as a sales pitch! Why should they hire you over anyone else? Remember they are looking to hire a person. If they can’t get a taste for your personality, they’ll skip past you and head straight for the next candidate.
You Talk The Talk But Don’t Walk The Walk.
A good CV is all very well and good, but only if you’ve not told lies in it. If you’re quizzed on something you’ve written in your CV that you can’t actually do, don’t expect to be hired. It’s that simple. Firstly, lying to potential employers is not a great way to make a good first impression, secondly, you’ll make yourself look stupid, and thirdly, dependent on the profession, you could put others at risk if you don’t know what you’re doing. Basically, we’re just telling you to be honest. Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.
Recruiting internally may have suited the employer better.
It’s not always your fault that you didn’t get hired. Occasionally, it’s more suitable for the employer to recruit internally. After all, who knows the organisation better than the staff that already work there? It is disappointing, but unfortunately it happens, particularly in small businesses.
A mismatched fit with the brand.
This happens more than you’d think. Often, those who are looking to recruit make their decision to hire based on the candidate’s fit with the brand. Some argue that this is discriminatory, and perhaps, to an extent, that’s right. But if the people representing your brand and business do not fit cohesively with the brand and business, it can be extremely evident to see who is out of their depth. The brand will feel it, and so will you. We’re not saying change your personality to try and fit with anyone. Sometimes it’s just not a good fit – that’s not your fault, but it’s not the brand’s either.
As brutal as this might sound, it’s true. Of course you want to impress, and first impressions count the most. If you show up to your interview late, unprepared, disinterested and inappropriately dressed, there’s a high chance you’re not going to be getting the job. By being any of the above, you’re essentially setting yourself up for failure. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail and all that jazz. Give yourself the best chance at getting the job. If you show that you don’t care from the outset, it’s a sure fire way of getting rejected.
The employer has been doing their research on you.
Something that they are very much entitled to do. Maybe they’ve checked in with your references. Or maybe they’ve had a look on social media. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get the job if you’re posting about your wild weekends on Facebook, backed up by endless photos that your friends have tagged you in. Although your social media profiles are yours, remember that it’s not only you that can see them. A whopping one in three recruiters have rejected applicants based on something they’ve seen about them on social media.
So there we have it – some reasons why you might not be getting hired. We know that getting rejected from jobs can be disheartening, but keep trying! We are firm believers that everyone’s dream job is out there somewhere! For more tips on career development and job applications, you can check out our blog here: www.blueglovejobs.com/blog