Today’s post came about as a winter brain exercise. How many reasons for not securing an interview can I come up with in 5 minutes? Let’s see:
- Technical difficulties – your info was eaten by the application system.
- They were only going through the motions and already had a candidate
- Departmental changes created chaos, making the process difficult to move forward
- Change in workload, making it difficult to find the time to review candidates
- The person who recommended you doesn’t have a stellar reputation with the hiring manager
- They found a typo or mistake in your documents
- The position is no longer open
- The company is in flux
- You didn’t connect your history well enough to their needs
- The hiring manager is inexperienced at picking viable candidates
I was hoping that I could come up with more, but here we are. Let’s see how many that I came up with have anything at all to do with me or you, the candidate? I count two of ten where job seekers are quick to think we can find the perfect combination of effort and information to be selected.
We can obsess over parts where we have little or no control, or assign arbitrary reasons to another failure to get the call to schedule an interview. At my most logical, I can decide that this is effort and energy wasted and I can reroute it to the areas where I do have control. The research to find positions and companies that are suited to my talents, this is time well spent. Research to find people that I might know at these companies is also a good idea.
What do you do when they don’t call you for an interview?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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