Have you ever wondered why, despite all your credentials and experience in your resume, you’re still not getting hired by companies? If so, then this article is for you. Here, I will discuss why companies may refuse to hire an applicant despite being qualified. I will also discuss ways to solve these issues the next time you apply for traditional or online jobs.
Being rejected on a job they believe they’re qualified for is probably one of the most frustrating things that could happen to an applicant. You can understand why you got rejected if, for example, you lacked the experience they need for the job. But if you’re still not hired despite having all the necessary qualifications, that can be very demoralizing and frustrating.
You Failed in Your Interview.
Let’s start with, perhaps, the most apparent reason why you didn’t get hired for the job despite being qualified: you failed in your interview. There are several reasons for this, such as not dressing appropriately or arriving late for the interview. Other reasons that can cause you to fail include:
You Bored Your Interviewer During the Interview.
One reason why your interviewer flunked you during your interview may be because, quite frankly, you’re boring. Maybe you talked too slow during the interview. Or your answer to a question was so dull and generic that it’s hard to listen to. Whatever the reason is, nobody likes working with someone who makes them fall asleep after five minutes of talking.
To avoid boring your interviewer the next time you apply for traditional or online jobs, the best thing to do is practice with a friend. Doing so helps you be more natural when conversing with your interviewer and avoid sounding dull and repetitive.
You Sound Too Desperate for the Job.
Another reason that could make you fail your interview is if you sound like you’re close to begging to get the job. When you’re in an interview, there is such a thing as being too honest with your interviewer. Look, just because you need the job badly doesn’t mean your interviewer should know about it as well.
When you’re in an interview, always remember to only state information that your interviewer requests of you. Nothing more, nothing less. Talking about how applying for this job or company has always been your dream won’t improve your chances of getting hired. Focus more on your qualifications and skills instead of why you want to get the job.
Your Salary Expectations Are Too High.
Let’s now talk about salary expectations. Expecting an appropriate salary for your work is one thing. Expecting an expert-level one for an entry-level job is another. Doing so is the easiest way for you to fail your interview.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing inherently wrong with asking for a higher salary. Especially if you do have the qualifications and experience to back it up. Be realistic with your demands and match them with what the company can offer. If you really don’t like their offer, you can try applying to other companies instead.
Your Appearance Doesn’t Show Your Competence.
Aside from having the necessary qualifications for traditional and online jobs, you also need to look like you’re capable of doing them. Coming in on your interview looking like you just woke up ten minutes ago tells your interviewer that you’re not taking the interview seriously.
So whether you’re applying for traditional or online jobs, be sure to wear semi-formal or professional clothes for the interview. Aside from giving an excellent first impression to your interviewer, it helps you be more confident in yourself as well.
You’ve Made a Poorly-Written Resume.
Even before your interview, another reason why you’re not getting hired despite being qualified is you’ve written your resume poorly. Before the interview, your resume serves as your potential employer’s first impression of you. Therefore, messing it up ruins any chance for you to get an interview in the first place.
So how do you write a proper resume then? First, make it concise. You don’t need to mention all of your achievements and credentials, just the ones necessary for the job you’re applying for. This also includes any hobbies or interests that are unrelated to the job. Your resume should be only one page long, two at the longest.
Other things that you should add on your resume include references and contact information. Having the former allows your employers to validate whether or not your skills are legitimate. Don’t forget to proofread your resume so that you can further polish it before submitting it to the company you’re applying for.
You Forgot to Do Your Research.
Finally, the other reason why companies reject you despite your qualifications is that you didn’t research the company you’re applying for. As the saying goes: “Knowing is half the battle.” Neglecting to do your research makes it difficult for you to construct your resume and makes your interview a whole lot harder.
One reason why applicants fail to do their research when applying is that they don’t know what to research in the first place. To help you with this, here are some topics that you should research about a company before applying to them:
Skills, Duties, and Responsibilities Needed by the Job.
The first things that you should learn before applying are the skills, duties, and responsibilities you’ll need for the job. Knowing this will help you understand what the company is looking for in their applicants, helping you determine whether the job offer suits you or not. You can usually find these in the company’s job description posted on their ad or website.
The Company’s Basic Background.
Aside from knowing what the company wants from its applicants, you should know more about them as well. What do you need to know about the company you’re planning to apply to? Start with the company’s basic information: its services/products, target customers, and history. Having these information at hand will help you know what kind of company you’re applying to.
And that is it! Here are the reasons why companies reject you despite having the required qualifications. As one can see, having the right skills for the job, and displaying them during application, are two different things. It is here that many applicants fail; that is why companies reject them.
But now that you know why this happens, you can now avoid these mistakes the next time you apply for traditional or online jobs. Good luck, and may this article help you in your next job hunt.