Five Reasons You Might Not Have Gotten the Job

Mallory O’Neil | Vector Marketing

Post-grad students all know the struggle of interviewing.

After applying to what feels like hundreds of job openings, you finally get one response requesting an interview. You go into the interview in your older siblings (or even parents’) hand-me-down “work clothes” and try your hardest to appear confident and competent, knowing the repayment schedule of your student loans are quickly looming over you.

You’re adulting so hard right now.

We’ve all been there but even the most experienced interviewees may be making some rookie mistakes.

Here are a few tips on why you may not have gotten the job:

Lack of Preparation

Make sure you at least Google-search the company and check out their website to find out they do. Also, remember that one job posting can have upwards of 500 applicants; recruiters are swimming in resumes by the time you walk through the door. Make it easy on them and bring several printed copies of your resume. It’s also a good idea to have a few brief examples of your successes, areas of improvement, and 5-year goals ready to go because those questions are asked in almost every interview.

Keep it Professional

Going into your twenties and thirties, apply this principle to job interviews and weddings: You can never be overdressed. Professional attire is going to slowly but surely take over your wardrobe throughout your twenties. Embrace it. Keep in mind, this is a job interview not a Tinder date. Keep your demeanor and attitude professional. As your mother would say, “Mind your manners, sit up straight, and make eye contact.”

Lack of Follow-Up

Most recruiters/hiring managers welcome a candidate to ask about next steps at the end of an interview because it shows that they are proactive. Some candidates feel uncomfortable asking it, but it’s a completely acceptable question. Also, candidates should always make sure they send a separate follow-up thank you note or email to every person they spoke with in the interview process.

Lack of Experience

Many of the entry level jobs you apply to may ask for 1-3 years of experience. How is that even possible? Take advantage of opportunities for experience while you’re in college. Internships are a great way to gain experience in your desired field while earning college credit. Part-time work is also an option. Find a position that allows you to practice basic career skills around your class schedule.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” –Thoreau

Even if you’re not the most qualified candidate for the job, get in there and show them what you’re made of! If you’re not confident in your abilities, how will anyone else be? You may not have all of the technical skills needed for the position, but those can be taught. Tactical skills are what make you a valuable candidate.

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This article was written by Vector Marketing Campus Recruiting Manager, Vector East, Mallory O’Neil. Vector Marketing is a DECA National Advisory Board partner and Corporate Social Media Correspondent. You can follow Vector Marketing on Twitter @VectorMarketing.

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