Larry Polhill (Café Valley) Talks About Reasons Why You Didn’t Get an Interview

Larry Polhill  (Café Valley) has had his own share of picking out candidates for various job positions; starting with looking at the stack of resumes on his desk. Short-listing candidates is not an easy task, especially if the position requires extensive managerial skills or a specific skillset. Here he shares some of the reasons why applicants didn’t get that job interview call they were hoping for.

You know you wrote an outstanding resume, highlighting all your skills and achievements. You also know that you’re actually qualified for the position you applied for. So why haven’t you been contacted for an interview? Here are a few reasons why:

1. Your social media profile and posts didn’t match the persona you showcased on your resume. In this day and age of the Internet, everything and everyone becomes fair game, including job applicants. One of the fastest ways for an employer to find out about their employees and job applicants is through social media. What you post, what you share, what you always talk about can pretty much tell what you’re like—in the eyes of your virtual friends, actual friends, family, and employers.

Look at it this way; if you’re reckless about your posts, personal details about your life, or you’re always ranting about how unfair the world is, employers will see this behavior as counterproductive. You may not have anything of value to contribute to the company after all.

2. Details in your resume come off as showing you’re overqualified for the job. One of the most common reasons why applicants don’t get that call for an interview is because, right off the bat, employers can already tell that you’re overqualified for the position. And while you don’t mind being overqualified since all you want is a good, stable job, this isn’t how employers look at the situation.

First, they immediately think they won’t be able to afford you. In other words, they won’t be able to match your salary expectations. Secondly, they think that you won’t be able to do menial tasks or you wouldn’t expect to be asked to do them in the first place. Finally, you might be under a manager with less experience than you, which can cause problems between you and the manager in the future.

3. You didn’t follow the application process. Companies usually have their own specific steps for the application process, and while your resume may be exceptional, not following these simple steps could show the employer that either you don’t know how to follow instructions or you’re too important to follow them. In either case, you could come off as someone who might turn out to be a burden on the company instead of an asset.

If you don’t get a call for an interview after a week or two, Larry Polhill (Café Valley) recommends that you follow up on your application. There’s a chance that your resume may have gotten buried under other documents, or it got lost, or something else entirely. Whatever the case, it’s still good to follow up just to find out why you weren’t shortlisted. This could help you in your future applications.

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