15 Surprising Reasons a Call Back Might Not Have Happen
If you didn’t get a call back, it’s important to understand why. Perhaps it was not the right skills sought, the chemistry was off, there were better suited candidates, expectations were not aligned, salary became a problem or the interviewer had an issue with your tenure, etc.
It’s natural to wonder why you didn’t make it to the next round. With some self-analysis you can learn from the experience.
- Didn’t do enough homework on the employer or interviewer.
- Didn’t clearly communicate your experience and accomplishments.
- Didn’t clearly express your interest in the company or the position. You may not have seemed passionate or interested enough.
- Failed to answer some key questions that would have helped you sell your skills and clearly answer in the interviewer’s mind why you were the best choice.
- Were not able to overcome obstacles like job stability, leadership experience or technical skills.
- Failed to find common interests to discuss outside of the job (kids, sports, background interests, etc.) which would have helped you bond with the interviewer. Interviews are about relationship-building.
- Didn’t have any stories to share. When executives ask about specific situations you need to have a few interesting stories ready to tell them. They are seeking leadership information and your depth of experience. Have you fought enough battles to know right from wrong? How do you handle challenges?
- Did not take personal interest in the interviewer and make it a two-way dialogue. A successful interview has to be about exchanging information.
- Didn’t ask for the job or inquire as to the next step.
- Didn’t seem natural or dress the part.
- Badmouthed a prior colleague, boss or employer. Not only does this sound unprofessional; it may make the interview wonder what you would say about them and their company in the future.
- Didn’t tell the truth about your background and the employer discovered it.
- Didn’t listen. Answer the questions being asking. Worst yet, you may have kept interrupting the interviewer.
- Left your cell phone on while in the interview.
- Didn’t follow up with a thank you note or continue to stay in touch, but someone else did.
Self-analysis can help you ace that next interview.