Home / Career Advice / 6 Reasons Why the Best Qualified Candidate Will Not Get the Job

6 Reasons Why the Best Qualified Candidate Will Not Get the Job

In the ideal world, a job should go to the person who's the most qualified. Unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world. Even if you've the necessary skills and have performed successfully in the past, there are many ways you can miss the job.

6 Reasons Why the Best Qualified Candidate Will Not Get the Job

Through the application process, recruiters try to find a candidate who's not only suitable on paper, but who actually fits the company, shares the company's vision, shows passion and is intrinsically motivated.

So you can be the perfect candidate on paper, but still fall hard during the application process. The problem often lies not with writing a resume or cover letter, but with the job interview. Why it often goes wrong during the job interview, we discuss this week with '6 reasons why the best qualified candidate won't get the job'.

# 1 Self-overestimation

Suppose your resume perfectly matches the job requirements. The work you've done in the past is practically the same as the work for the position you're applying for and you speak the languages ​​required for the position. You've just sent a cover letter to the HR manager and you can already talk tomorrow. Cat in the cup.

But nothing is less true!

For example, (unconscious) self-overestimation can make you indifferent in the application process. While you're quietly waiting for the interview, Mark, who's less qualified on paper, prepared a beautiful presentation, came up with good questions and prepared himself to leave an unforgettable impression during the interview.

Mark looks like you barely put any time or effort into preparing for the conversation. The recruiter can see this as a sign of disinterest or perhaps even a sign of arrogance. Although it isn't your intention to appear arrogant, the recruiter can interpret it that way.

Another disadvantage of high qualifications is the high expectations. You've the feeling that you can let your resume speak for you, while recruiters expect a lot from the job interview... You can think for yourself how that will end.

# 2 Lack of authenticity

Employers increasingly value authenticity. An authentic employee is someone who's real. Someone who's original. The behavior of an authentic person to the outside world corresponds to how he / she feels inside. It's someone who's themselves and does what he / she stands for.

When you hire as an employer an authentic person who shares the same vision as the company, you've an employee who's incredibly reliable and who's intrinsically motivated.

The problem with job interviews is that people often give socially desirable answers that the recruiter wants to hear. At least, which the recruiter is thought to want to hear. This can also be the result of too much preparation. You spent days devising answers to questions you can expect. As soon as the questions are asked, you make the answers that you've prepared so well.

This leaves an unnatural impression, which in turn isn't good for credibility. The recruiter's feeling, and of course that of the applicant's, play a major role in the application. If you don't feel good about something, don't do it. You can see for yourself that a recruiter doesn't get a good feeling from someone who's dropping socially desirable answers.

So it's better to be yourself, to give honest answers and to distinguish yourself by being authentic. Give concrete examples in which your unique talents emerge. What have you achieved and what decisive role have your unique talents played in it?

# 3 Unrealistic salary indication

Some recruiters must adhere to a strict salary indication. If you give an indication that's far above the limit, you'll simply reduce your chance on the track.

Sure, if you make a realistic offer and the company can't meet your needs, you're probably too good and therefore too expensive for the position in question. If you look purely at the financial benefits, you may be better off this job.

The problem, however, is that some people have absolutely no idea of ​​their value on the labor market. You can then give too high a salary indication, so that you can still accept the counter offer when they offer less. You do run the risk of not being taken seriously. Both an indication that's too high and too low creates suspicion. Instead, try to figure out your own worth.

You've various tools online that can help you with this. In addition, look at other people in your area of ​​about the same age who hold similar positions in your industry.

# 4 Too modest

A few weeks ago, the subject of modesty when looking for work was discussed extensively. In general, we can say that modesty is a good quality, but it can be disadvantageous when applying.

Humble people find it difficult to mention positive points about themselves and that's exactly what you should do during a job interview. If you're the perfect candidate, you'll have to convince the recruiter in some way. Mind you, bragging too much radiates arrogance. You should also avoid that.

You've to find the right balance. Communicate your competences and talents with appropriate modesty. Let your past achievements speak for you by using the STARR method. That way, you can sell yourself credibly without appearing arrogant.

# 5 Not a match with the corporate culture

Someone can be the perfect candidate on paper, but in real life not at all suitable for a company and its employees. During the application process, recruiters also look at the match between person and company in addition to the qualifications.

When you're visibly struggling to wear formal attire when it's a requirement or when your personality doesn't match that of your future teammates, it may happen that someone with poorer qualifications gets the job.

You may experience this as unfair, but a good match is very important. If you don't feel at home somewhere, you're simply less enthusiastic, less motivated, less productive and probably less active at the organization in question.

# 6 Lack of enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is infectious. It makes people interested in you. In addition, enthusiasm is a good way for recruiters to determine whether someone is intrinsically motivated. If someone talks enthusiastically about his work, you know that he / she likes the work.

So it's important that you show enthusiasm during the job interview! Even when you're very nervous or when you're an introvert. In general, introverts have more difficulty expressing their feelings. As a result, you can appear indifferent, while the opposite is often true.

A useful tool in generating enthusiasm is your passion. When you talk about your passion you automatically become enthusiastic. Even an introvert can thrive when he / she talks about what makes his / her heart beat faster.

We want to emphasize that you've to do what you really like. Apply for positions where you can use your talent. Functions in which you can be yourself. You don't have to be the best qualified candidate to win the job. Prepare the conversation well, show who you really are and know what you're worth. Tell your story with enthusiasm and don't be too modest!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn
Back to top

Home | Privacy Policy

Copyright 2011 - 2020 - All Rights Reserved