We have all been witness to lots of successful and unsuccessful job searches.
This is probably the trickiest job market for new graduates and career changers in the last 24 years. Because most of us work in “lean” conditions, with more work on our plates than can be covered in the normal work day, employers, HR representatives and search teams are using as many criteria as possible to efficiently sift through the stacks of resumes received for each opening.
Possible Disqualifiers During a Job Interview
And even at the interview stage, they will likely see five or 10 highly qualified individuals which must be whittled down to two or three finalists. For those of you currently seeking a new position, below is some feedback we have collected over the years as to why a candidate was not selected:
Candidate's hair was too wild
Candidate was not wearing a proper business suit
Candidate did not network with anyone in the company/division/group prior to the interview
Candidate had a typo in his cover letter
Cover letter could have been written for any other job at any other organization
Too much perfume/cologne
Candidate had no questions for us
Candidate had not done any research
No follow-up or thank you notes sent after interview
Candidate yawned during interview
Note that none of this has to do with qualifications or fit or interest. Remember, we all get rejected at one time or another – so stay positive and try not to take it personally! Reconsider your strategy and approach to searching for a job, and you'll find a position that is the perfect fit!