So you’ve spent countless hours searching job listings, and you finally found the job you want. You get together all of your application documents, cross your fingers, and send them over. You’re convinced that you’re a great candidate for this job, and you know they’re going to call you in for an interview, right? So what happened when you don’t get the interview?
Sometimes, you didn’t get the interview because of things outside of your control. It’s possible that the company has hired an internal candidate that already has a proven track record within the company. The job may have been placed on hold. It’s also possible that business has slowed down and the company is rethinking the need to hire someone for that position.
There may be other factors that are within your control, though. Here are some reasons why you may not have been called in for an interview that took your application out of the running. If you think any of these might apply to your situation, it may be time to make a few changes to your application materials.
You Didn’t Follow Directions
The easiest way for a hiring manager to narrow down the applicant pool is to eliminate the candidates that didn’t provide all of the requested information. Following the instructions and including exactly what has been asked for likely makes the hiring manager’s job easier, but it also shows that you’re able to follow instructions, good at paying attention and following through and that you’re detail-oriented.
You Didn’t Proofread for Errors
Spelling and grammatical errors are a big no-no! They can definitely be genuine mistakes, and it’s not always easy to catch your own mistakes when proofreading or own documents. If possible, have someone else look over your documents with a fresh set of eyes to double check for errors.
Your Cover Letter is All Wrong
Did you submit a generic cover letter? A hiring manager spends a lot of time looking at applications, and they’re likely to know if it’s a generic cover letter that you’ve sent to a dozen other companies. You should take the time to customize your cover letter for each position that you apply for. Those extra few minutes spent tailoring your cover letter could make all the difference.
On a similar note, is your cover letter too short? If it was too brief, it may have given the impression that you aren’t highly motivated because you didn’t spend enough time on your documents. Make sure that your cover letter includes the necessary components of a successful cover letter and plenty of details about what you’re bringing to the table.
You Have an Unprofessional Presence Online
9 times out of 10, if a hiring manager is considering calling you in for an interview, they’re checking you out online. If your social media pages are unprofessional and inappropriate, they’re not likely to call you. Make sure you’ve checked your privacy settings and you don’t have anything public that you wouldn’t want your potential future employer to see. You also want to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated, complete, and showcases your skills.
You Lack Qualifications or are Overqualified
If your skills, experience, or education don’t match up with those listed in the job posting, you’re probably not going to get called in to interview. You should take the time to match your qualifications to the job requirements. Show the hiring manager why you’re a good fit, and what you possess to get the job done.
It’s also possible to get skipped over if you’re overqualified for the job. If you know that you’re overqualified, use your cover letter to show your enthusiasm for the job, what you can offer, and explain why you’re applying. Taking the time to do this could help you get that call!
Other Applicants Were Better Qualified
Even if you’re a good match, sometimes there are other applicants that are just better qualified for the job than you are. Take a look at the qualifications that they were looking for. It might be time to decide if you could benefit from upgrading skills to make yourself a more competitive candidate.