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Why applications get rejected and why you didn’t get the job

Finding out that you had your job application rejected can be a bitter pill to swallow. But rejection is all part of the process and does not equate to failure. Keep in mind that on average, 4 candidates are invited to in-person interviews. That means you have a 25% chance of actually landing the role. Not sure why you got rejected after the interview? Here are some potential reasons you didn’t get the job:

Your applications get rejected because you’re overqualified

It’s not uncommon for over-qualified professionals to apply for more junior roles. Especially in uncertain times like these. But employers have issues with this because it means you might be moving on to a better position within the near future. They might also worry about the fact that you are more qualified than your would-be manager. Plus, better qualifications demand higher salaries. And someone more junior can get the job done at a lower rate.

Or you’re a victim of discrimination

This is one of the ugliest reasons why job applications get rejected. It shouldn’t exist, and it’s unlawful, but still, it does happen. Gender bias makes it harder for women (and sometimes men) to land jobs they are qualified to do. It might be small comfort, but if you’re a victim of discrimination, you may have dodged a bullet.

You didn’t ace the interview

The interviewing process can be nerve-wracking. You might be the best candidate on paper but lack confidence when things go off-script. Always prepare and practice before an interview. There are a lot of great resources out there to help you improve your interviewing skills.

They found someone cheaper

Perhaps you can do a fantastic job, but the company came across someone who can do “an acceptable” job at a lower rate. That’s just how business works, and there isn’t much you can do about it. Don’t be tempted to sell yourself short. You know what you are worth. Research average salaries for the position you want and make sure you’re asking the same kind of compensation.

Someone else was better

This happens a lot.  But if you made it through to the in-person interview stage, pat yourself on the back. The position probably had more than 200 applicants, and you were top of the crops. Take it as a boost that you got this far in the process. It’s a good sign you’re on your way to success.

Final thoughts

Jobs applications get rejected every day. It’s a given. And it’s inevitable for everyone at some point in their career. But it’s essential not to take it personally. There are a lot of reasons for rejection, and not all of them are in your hands. When rejection happens, get as much as possible feedback, and use it as a guide for your next interview. Ready to find that next interview? Start browsing Adzuna’s listings today. The job of your dreams might be just one click away!