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7 Reasons Why You Didn't Get The Job

Don't beat yourself up about it—it's not always your fault.
1. Your CV is sloppy First impressions count, even when they're not in person. Whether you're applying to be an intern or the CEO, your spelling, grammar, and tone should all be perfect and to the point. Firing off the same information without tailoring your CV and cover letter to the role is another thing that'll usually get your paperwork tossed in the "no" pile (or your email dragged into the trash) without a second glance, as will addressing it to "sir/madam" rather than finding out a name. Well, would you give someone who DGAF to read the "for the attention of" section of a job advertisement the actual job?

What to do next time: Here are 9 things you should check before you hit send (use Times New Roman at your peril!).

2. There was no chemistry

Not just the line you use to get out of a second Tinder date, as it turns out. If you make it to an interview but still get a no, it may be that you simply didn't "click" with the interviewer as well as another candidate. It's a bitter pill to swallow, as it can seem particularly personal, but as recruitment agency Michael Page points out, "You may not necessarily have done anything wrong, you might just not gel with your interviewer or have a different approach towards the work." Remember, it works both waysyou want to be part of a team that you'll be happy in, too.

What to do next time: Be confident, honest and upfront about what you can do and how you like to do it. All you can do is be yourself.

3. You weren't prepared

You've Googled the company, given the job listing another once over, and memorized your covering letter, so you're good to go, right? Spoiler: No, because you haven't actually considered what you might be asked. Knowledge is great until someone asks you to demonstrate it, at which point you may have had something of an "oh shit" moment and spouted filler that's not really relevant instead. It's happened to us all, and there still might be a moment where you lose your cool, but you can prevent 90% of disasters by creating answers to the most likely questions and memorizing the key points you want to mention. And don't forget to have questions that you want to ask them at the end!

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What to do next time: Make a list of practice questions and answers, and coerce someone into quizzing you. Make sure they change the order around and throw in some off-list curveballs so you don't go blank if it happens for real.

4. Nerves got the better of you

Employers get it: job interviews are no fun, and very few people walk into one feeling genuinely excited to get grilled. Stumbling over a few words or asking for a question to be repeated is understandable, but if you completely go to pieces, it gives the impression that you a) don't have much confidence in yourself or your abilities and b) find it difficult to work under pressureneither of which are especially desirable qualities for an employee. Even if you're shy by nature, dressing in an outfit you feel great in and that fits the ethic of the company, doing your research properly (see above), and politely laughing off any minor mess-ups will help you to stay in control and let your personality shine through, rather than your fears.

What to do next time: These tips from confidence coach Georgina Elliott are useful for everyday life, but they can also help you smash your next interview too.

5. The job went to someone internal

This one sucks, because no matter how good your skills and experience are, it's 10 times harder to beat out competition that are already part of the team. They already know everything from the office to the systems and most importantly, the hiring manager, so ya know. If getting a job was a video game, you'd probably have to Google the cheat codes for this one. It's often a legal requirement that a company has to interview other candidates even if they already know who they want, so don't beat yourself up if you wind up with a rejection email in this instance.

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