why you did'nt get the job

It’s a common fact that every job interview is important but the outcome of the hiring processes is still not predictable despite how prepared we might be it is therefore important to take note of such things that rob us out of important hiring opportunities.

The following are the 6 reasons you didn’t get the job:

Your CV didn’t sell you

Every professional HR expert review a good number of CVs within minute and May not have the luxury of time to spend reviewing so therefore, your CV really needs to stand out from the crowd.

Even if your CV has some good experience listed on it, it may well be overlooked if it doesn’t grab the attention of the reader.  Every good CV should therefore fit in with the required job description.

You didn’t demonstrate your knowledge

Poor preparations for an interview prove the extent of our knowledge. Always make sure you have fully researched the company and are able to communicate how your skills are a good fit for their business.

Also, have a number of strong examples at the forefront of your mind in case you’re asked to talk about specific scenarios in which you had a positive impact.

Your experience didn’t meet the specific criteria

If you were rejected without interview, it may be because your CV didn’t match the specific criteria for the role. Employers always make sure all essential attributes are fully outlined in the job advert/job description.

Always ensure that you have met any essential criteria (such as specific experience or academic qualifications) before applying.

You don’t fit well into the team

To fit into the team refers to how well you match the company’s values and culture which has a lot to do with your personality and skills,  which can be hard to measure.

Sometimes you may not necessarily have done anything wrong but you might have a different approach towards the work.

However, demonstrating strong communication skills and confident yet friendly comportment will always stand in well for you

Unclear motivations

Most employers actively look for reasons to eliminate candidates and narrow down their selection process. Sometimes an employer will be unsure of the reasons why a candidate is applying. For example, your CV may indicate that you’re a little overqualified for a role, but you might be particularly eager to work for the organization or gain more experience in that particular sector. This is where a detailed cover letter can be useful. Don’t get rejected just because you didn’t explain why you wanted the role.

Someone with more experience came along

Despite how strong your CV may look you still have to put in an excellent performance at the interview – because there are always competitors interested in that same position. 

Which would lead to consideration of sector experience, i.e. someone came along who has done a similar role in a similar organization in the same sector.


Loosing a job opportunity could be disappointing, however its not the end of the road, examine yourself and take note of the likely reason you weren’t giving the job work on it and get back on track. Good luck from us