10 reasons why you don’t receive an offer letter (even after being called for plenty of job interviews)
Okay so if you’re on this page, it’s because deep down you can relate with the problem its title highlights and the promise of solution that it offers. That is, you receive plenty of requests and queries for job opportunities and are lucky enough to get interview calls for the same as well. But what happens when you interview (sometimes for multiple rounds) for these positions but never get a call back from them? “It wasn’t your day” can’t be the reason every single time, or can it?
Well, for one thing, the recruiter or company that approached you might not see you as the right fit but then if the same pattern starts showing up again and again over time then chances are high that there’s something drastically going wrong in between the moment your interview gets started and the moment it gets ended.
So here are the top 10 reasons as per expert career strategists survey as to why you don’t receive an offer letter even after being called for plenty of job interviews. For one thing is for sure, it has got something to do with not able to express yourself right or not able to express yourself appropriately for the position in question.
1. You didn’t research well about the company- Okay so what this essentially means is that you are setting yourself up for a let-down at the interview even before the interview. How? By not making yourself well informed about your prospective employer, their company value, their competitors, what is their vision, their key focus areas at present and their eye for the what’s for them. Gathering this basic understanding about the company is crucial. It not will put you in a much better position to evaluate and make a connection between the company’s vision and growth plans with yours. Hence, its highly recommended to go through the company’s website with a clear lens and mind and navigate the details giving as closely as possible.
2. You didn’t research well about the job profile- So it is probably a clear fact that you need the job but presenting yourself for the interview without proper research on the job profile is again a recipe for an interview disaster and future disappointment. Without reading through and understanding what the job profile demands, how are you going to make a connection between what the job asks for and what you can offer or do for them. On the other hand, if you know and understand a job profile then you can closely knot your career accomplishments with the job profile requirements, and why are you better than the last person they interviewed.
3. Lack of communication skills and soft skills- According to the 2016 study conducted by the assessment company Wonderlic, 93% of employers said that soft skills are either an “essential” or “very important” factor in their hiring decisions. Communication skills and soft skills play a key role that can draw the line either qualifying or not qualifying for the job interviews. Some of the frequent questionable points can be the mother tongue influence, the tone of the messaging not right, inability to express yourself thoughts clearly or inappropriate body language. Special care and attention should be given not just to make sure that you pull your act together by learning, practicing and internalizing the best practices for clear and clean communication. Because of all the reasons, not making it through due to not been able to communicate well is a terrible reason of all times. Don’t you agree?
4. You are not able to introduce yourself well- If you cannot come up with a really good answer for this question, then the interview is most likely is destined to go sideways from here. So prepare well to introduce yourself without getting into inconsequential biographical details. Because if you do, the interviewer is sure to lose interest in you and what you are saying just in a snap. Rather, focus on why and how the position is a good fit for you based on your skills, past experiences and accomplishments and leave the interviewer alone about the details about your personal life. Unless of course you are asked for the same.
5. You talk too little or too much- Interviewers do take a due note of what and how much they are saying. Whether it’s bragging too much or staying mum, both extremes can create a undesired negative impression with hiring managers. If your responses are too brief, interviewers may wonder if there are some points that you are keeping to yourself or if they are too lengthy, they might think of you as someone who boosts a lot. Again, the key is to achieve the right balance by preparing in advance and practicing broader statements with specific examples that showcase your skills and experience.
6. You ignored the cues from the interviewer- One of the most valuable yet underrated interviewing skills is the ability to listen, pay close and undivided attention, understand and make sense of what the other person is saying. It’s a well known phenomenon observed mostly when people listen not to listen but to reply back, and when that happens, most likely they miss the whole point that the interviewer was trying to make. It might lead you to miss out on some useful cues that the interviewer was trying to provide you throughout the discussion as to what they are looking for in candidates. So you listen to your interviewer patiently and listen well.
7. You become too pretentious during interview- What this means in simple words is to be as well prepared and as authentic as possible and that’s it. Often times, people will try to doctor their actual answer to give a “right answer” for something. This actually shows-up in some way to the interviewer when all your answers seems to be from the book and that leads to showing you off as a pretentious person. Which of course is cannot lead you to the next step. So in short, be well prepared and be real.
8. You don’t ask the right questions- Meaning you don’t ask the right ones. Your questions are either a far shot or so detailed that it almost becomes inconsequential. So don’t over think or over stress your mind to come up with questions just for the sake of asking question. Keep it real and genuine and ask something when you are actually curious and interested about a topic of relevance to the job or interview.
9. What your CV said doesn’t seem to resonate with what you say i.e. the way you talk doesn’t make it convincing- Well, yes this again might happen when the version of you that the interviewer sees in the CV doesn’t resonate with the version of you that they see in front of them. Well, in terms of the knowledge, skills and experience. It also shows up evidently in the So, make sure what they see in the CV is what they get to meet in real.
10. What you say or your answers doesn’t go with their requirements- And last but not the least, it is in the end a possibility that what they are looking for in a candidate and what you got to offer might not be exactly the same, which is fine. Even if you had made through it, it would have eventually left you drained because it wasn’t clearly a match between the job requirement and your offerings.
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