Why didn't I get the job? Seven possible reasons for a rejection

Have you been invited to several job interviews but still haven't been given a job? We'll tell you why this might be the case.

1. You do not fit the required profile

The required profile is explained precisely in the job advertisement. For many jobs, companies work with recruiters and HR managers to look for experts in a very specific field. HR managers quickly realise in your job interview or telephone interview whether you fulfil the requirements for the job or are sufficiently informed. Thus, a lack of expert knowledge is the reason why you did not get the job.

2. You sell yourself poorly in an interview

In many interviews, likability is decisive. If your body language betrays insecurity it comes across as unattractive, whereas authenticity and friendliness foster likability. Find the right balance: coming across as too easygoing is perceived as indifference and disinterest, while coming across as too nervous means your interviewer will not believe you have what it takes to fulfil the job requirements. Show your personality and maintain positive body posture and gestures.

3. You did not ask questions or asked the wrong questions too soon

Asking questions shows an interest in the job and the company. However, avoid questions that could be easily answered by looking at the company's website. It is advisable to look at the corporate philosophy in advance, compare it to your own values, and prepare relevant questions. Another mistake in interviews: the question of salary arises too soon. Before you direct the conversation to your salary, you should address in detail the company and the tasks that await you. After all, you applied for the job because of your interest in it. We recommend waiting until your interviewer brings up the subject.

4. False expectations

Even if job advertisements are precisely phrased, the applicant may still have a false perception of the job. The job profile is gone over again in detail during the interview, and often the candidate as well as the HR managers realise that the applicant came to the interview with false expectations.

5. Badmouthing former employers

Negative statements about former employers are another reason for a rejection. When asked to explain why you want to change jobs, emphasise your interest in the responsibilities that the new job offers and your desire to improve yourself professionally - keep your eye on the future.

6. Appearance

The first impression is very important. The first seconds of an encounter decide the opinion that one has of another person. Those who come unkempt to a job interview should not be surprised by a rejection. Washed hair, clean fingernails and ironed clothing are the basic requirements for a positive appearance.

7. Punctuality

The HR managers' time is in short supply. Applicants who show up late to their job interview show that they do not take the job seriously. Thus, plan your journey to the company so that you arrive early and get to your interview on time. Take these tips to heart and nothing will stand between you and a successful job interview.