You've had your interview and are now waiting to hear back from the hiring manager, hoping for that congratulation/job offer call. Days and weeks pass. Still no response or possibly a 'we're pursuing other candidates' email. Then after you're served a rejection, the 'why didn't you hire me' question is probably the first thing you're thinking. While every interview and hiring process is different, we talked to some people in hiring positions at QPS to find out why they may let a candidate go.
A huge reason why many bosses here at QPS said they wouldn't hire someone is the candidate showing up to the interview unprepared. This includes walking into the interview without having any knowledge about the job you are interviewing for. When you show up without this knowledge and are purposely vague, it can be a red flag to our recruiters and others in hiring positions. You imply a disinterest in the job and more. Learn more about preparing for an interview here.
Showing up late to your interview and poor body language will only hurt your chances of getting hired. Not making eye contact with your interviewer can show that you're not interested in the interview and job. The same goes for showing up late to the interview. When you show up late, you give the impression that you not only don't value their time but that you'll show up late to work if you were to get the job. Find out more about positive body language here and timeliness here.
Have you ever heard that you never get a second chance on a first impression? This is something that could not be more true when you're interviewing. You may not land the job if you show up dressed poorly, unprepared, and uninterested. The person you're meeting with is probably interviewing many people for only one or two open positions. A poor first impression can take you out of the running quicker than you can send a thank you note. Avoid letting this happen to you by checking out our go to tips for making a great first impression here.
Finding out you didn't get the job you interviewed can be a hard pill to swallow. Learn from your mistakes. Knowing the main reasons bosses may pass on a candidate can help you avoid future missteps in the interview process.