You Did Not Get The Job? 5 Secret Reasons Why

Ever wondered why you did not get the job; you dressed the part, you told engaging stories, you asked insightful questions. Honestly, you nailed the interview, but you didn’t get the job. What gives?

It is possible for you to ask for feedback after receiving a rejection, but most employers won’t say much. Even if they do say something, it’ll be fairly generic, like, “other qualified candidates.” You and I know that most times, that reply isn’t always the real reason—it’s just that the real reason might be a little too awkward to actually say to someone’s face.

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So, what are some of these uncomfortable reasons for not selecting a particular job candidate? Read on for a list of commonly cited deal breakers that are pretty difficult for hiring managers to admit to. Some of them might be funny or hard to believe.

1. You Spoke Funny

Do you have a habit of making your statements sound like questions? Do you tend to speak in an overly casual or formal tone?


The way you speak gives an impression about you. And can, surprisingly, be a huge indicator to your interviewer about whether you’re the right fit for the position. Maybe you sound too gentle to manage a team of 10 or you sound too forceful to handle customer complaints. Honestly, this might not be a fair assessment, but it happens all the time—so it’s definitely worth thinking about and practicing for as you’re doing mock interviews to prepare.

2. You, Um, Smelled Funny

When I say you smell funny, I don’t just mean that you didn’t shower. That could be it—or it could be that you overdid with the cologne. Either way, I bet you don’t want to be that interview candidate who overpowered the conversation with your aroma rather than your charisma.


To handle this, stay off the perfume and make sure your personal hygiene is top-notch. Most people find some scents really offensive; I bet you don’t want to experiment if your interviewer is one of the few. Seriously, please don’t let this be the reason you didn’t get the job.

3. You Were Too Eager

Did you show up 50 minutes early to the interview? Did you offer (your life) to do the internship unpaid without being prompted? It’s impressive to be enthusiastic during your interview, but be careful not to overdo it. It can come off as a little much and, like the first example, even inconvenient for the hiring manager. Instead, show your excitement by being exceptionally well versed about the company and position. Top it off with a thank you note, and you’re all set.

when you are desperate for a job

4. You Were Too Arrogant

Now don’t get it all mixed up: Confidence in an interview is a must have, and apparently it’s even good to be a little narcissistic. But be careful not to cross over the line toward being arrogant. This can really rub people the wrong way and make you seem a little hard to manage.


To make sure you’re not blowing your trumpet out of proportion, back up your claims and your skills with concrete stories, and show an openness to learn by asking thoughtful questions. And even if you think you have it in the bag, think twice before letting that show.

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5. You Weren’t the Internal Candidate They Wanted All Along

This is perhaps one of the saddest truths of job hunting: at many companies, recruiters are required to do a few interviews before making a decision, even if they have a strong internal candidate that they probably knew from day one that they were going to hire. There’s no way to know when you’re interviewing for a position like this and, unfortunately, there’s almost nothing you can do about it. So, if you didn’t get the job, it could also very well be because it was impossible to get in the first place. Don’t get too hung up on it.

internal candidate

In the end, you’d come to the realization that, there are some things you can control about the interview process (like showering and doing your company research), and then there are some things you can’t do anything about (like knowing your interviewer’s pet peeves ahead of time). So, do what you can and understand that interviewing is an incredibly subjective way to evaluate whether someone is a good fit for a position.

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