The biggest complaint we get from job seekers is lack of feedback. If you don’t get the job, you should know why, shouldn’t you?

Unfortunately, as recruitment consultants we often aren’t given much feedback from our clients. Once we have a candidate they like, hiring managers tend to move forward quickly with that individual and simply don’t give us any feedback on the other candidates. Unfortunate but true.

However, we can tell you that there are only three possible reasons you did not get the job. Once you know what the three possibilities are, you can probably guess which reason it was, and perhaps do better in your next interview:

1. NOT A FIT.

In many cases, the candidate was simply not a close enough fit for the job. Often, there’s nothing you could have done differently in the interview process to affect the outcome. If it’s honestly not the right fit, just admit it and move on.

2. DID NOT EFFECTIVELY DEMONSTRATE ABILITIES.

Occasionally, we have a candidate who actually has all the right experience, but they aren’t able to effectively explain themselves in the interview. If you have troubles demonstrating your abilities, my biggest tip is to simply listen to the questions you are asked, and answer directly.

3. DID NOT SHOW INTEREST.

You may be surprised at how often this comes up. Many candidates think just showing up for the interview is enough to show interest, but the fact is you need to do more. You need to research the company, the job itself, the people you’re meeting with, and prepare questions in a way that demonstrates your interest. Failure to do your homework in this area will indicate lack of initiative and overall lack of interest.

I know looking for a new job can be frustrating.  If you’re looking for a job change and you work in supply chain and logistics, give us a call, maybe we can help!

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