Top Reasons You May Not Be Getting the Job

The process of job hunting is tough. You fill out bunches of applications, send your resume, even land a couple interviews, but with no success. You may also feel like you’re getting the run-around.

At this point, you may start to rationalize your lack of employment by blaming outside influences:
"It's a tough market right now."
"There aren't currently many opportunities in my field."
"There's too much competition for too few jobs."
But the truth is, there are people getting hired in your field. Even if the market is tough right now, it's very likely there's something you're doing--or not doing--to lessen your chances of getting hired.

If you’re not getting a response, ask yourself “why?” Most of the time, the problem is with the way you are presenting yourself. You need to critique your interviewing presentation the same as you would your on-the-job-performance.

Being an independent cleaning contractor, I am constantly conducting interviews for potential cleaners, and I often come across people who can’t follow directions or they conduct themselves the wrong way, and I won’t even reply to them. Do they ever sit back and wonder why?

This inclined me to write this article to hopefully help a few people out because job interviewing is an infrequent activity for most of us. I don’t even think they even teach job hunting and interviewing techniques in school! (I know they don’t in my city!)

Here are a few reasons why you may not be getting a job offer:

Your social media.
When someone contacts me interested in a job, the first thing I do is check their social media for anything that might give me a heads up about their personality, if they might be a good fit for our team, and even their appearance.
I understand that a person can have a million piercings and tattoos, and still be the nicest, most hard working person in the world, but unfortunately, appearances matter. I want my customers to feel comfortable with who I send into their homes, and if you look like you could make my customers uncomfortable, I’ll probably be inclined to pass.  This also goes for how you act personally, not just professionally. When a person is hired anywhere, they are representing the company they are working for, on and off the clock.

You don't sell yourself.
If there's ever a time to sell yourself, it's when you're job hunting. If you don't clearly convey your skills, knowledge, and education, it's no one's fault but your own if you don't get the job.
There's a fine line between being cocky and confident, so make sure you're always tempering your confidence with humility. Sharing past accomplishments conveys pride in your work, while going on and on about how educated you are screams "smug."

You haven't researched the job or company. Employers want to know you took the time to learn a bit about the company. Take some time before the interview to research the company online. Employers don't expect you to know all the company's inner workings, but you should have a good grasp of publicly available information. Interviewers are always impressed when you know something about their company.
Something that tells me they haven’t done their research is when I get asked what areas I service. It has most of that information right on my website.

Failure to establish your worth to the prospective employer.
When you give the impression that you are only interested in “what’s in it for me” without regard to what you have to offer, a job opportunity is often lost. The hiring manager wants to know what you can do for him or her. Candidates who fail to establish their worth are quickly eliminated.
If your first question is about the pay, I don’t think you’ll be a good fit. I understand how important that question is, but it gives off the wrong impression if it’s the first thing you ask. Especially if there’s not even a “hello” with it and if that’s the only question you ask.

Poor personal appearance.
The key here is that you must fit in with the way others in the company dress. Hiring managers don’t want to hire anyone for their team who would be a distraction to others or give off the wrong impression to potential customers.

And keep in mind that if a manager hires, his or her judgment will be called into question, regardless of how well you do your job. A poor personal appearance can eliminate you before you open your mouth.

A cleaning company goes into customer’s homes. The company wants to give the impression that they are professional. A repeat from the paragraph about social media.

You may lack interpersonal skills.
On paper you may look great. On the phone you are impressive. Your references look fine at a glance, but face to face you fail the test. If there is any hint that you may not get along with other members of the team, it’s a deal killer. Suppress your desire to say anything that would suggest that you’re weak in the area of interpersonal skills including a comment that you are shy or would rather work with machinery than people.

If you've been job hunting for a while, it may be time to take a step back and ask yourself what you could be doing wrong. If you're brave enough, email a past interviewer and ask why you didn't get the job--while knowing the truth can be hard, it may help you in the long run.

You can’t follow directions
When I post that I’m looking for people to add to our work team, the way I word the job offer helps me take the first step in weeding people out. For example, I’ll post an ad, and then give my contact information or say to send me a message for more information. If you comment telling me to message you, it tells me you can’t follow directions and that you probably won’t be a good fit for our team. Be sure to read things carefully and follow through with the requirements of the job posting.
Also, if I send information about the job when you inquire, including a couple questions of my own, and you respond with more questions and fail to answer mine, it tells  me you're not reading what I've sent. Another sign of not being able to follow directions, and I'll most likely move on to the next person. 

For additional possibilities you’re not getting hired, check out 10 Reasons You're Not Getting Hired and 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting a Job Offer.

The opinions expressed here by columnists are from Samantha Wilcox, Carol Hacker, & Jayson DeMers, not those of

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