Once again, you made it to the final round of interviews before getting the call: you offered the position. It’s a frustrating position to be in—but it’s not out of your control, either.
These are some potential reasons that the hiring team may have chosen to pass you over and tips for keeping it from happening again in the future.
Underselling Your Strengths
In interviews, you should never hold back from sharing your strengths and accomplishments.
If you’re a modest person by nature, you may have a habit of downplaying your talents. Consider whether you’re giving yourself proper credit and think about how you can speak more confidently about what qualifies you for the position at hand.
Lack of Professionalism
When you’re repeatedly dropped after the interview stage, it is worth considering whether any of your behavior is reading as unprofessional.
Some examples of interview conduct that may raise red flags for hiring teams are showing in overly casual attire, bringing up inappropriate or off-topic subjects in conversation, and conducting a remote interview in a noisy public space.
If you’re falling short in any of these areas (or several of them), it could be the reason you’re not getting that offer.
Failure to Make a Connection
Coming across as distant or uninterested can hurt you in an interview, even if your answers are good.
While failing to click with your interviewer doesn’t necessarily mean you’re automatically out of the running for the position, it can make the difference between being a standout candidate and one who doesn’t quite make the cut.
For this reason, it’s essential to go out of your way to appear warm, friendly, and interested in what your interviewer has to say when you are speaking with each other.
You Need to Look at Other Jobs
It’s also possible that you’re underqualified for the type of job you’re applying for and interviewing. It may be worth dropping to a lower level and seeing how it goes, for instance, applying for entry-level positions instead of mid-level roles.
On the other hand, you may not be getting job offers because you’re overqualified. If you have more skills and experience than is required for the kind of positions you’re interested in, you may want to aim higher.
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