Updated: Dec 21, 2020
With the market flooded with talented job seekers as yourself, you may have asked the question, “Why am I not being invited to interview for positions I have applied for?” Especially when you feel you meet all the minimum qualifications as well as being passionate about working for that particular company. The biggest reply to this question could be that over 500 people applied for this one opportunity. This does happen on several occasions, however, not all the time. Let’s take a look at 7 reasons why companies may not reach out to you for an interview.
Timing: Are you applying for positions within the middle of the day? If so, I would recommend applying for that special job opportunity early in the morning around 5 a.m.-7 a.m. This way your application will be the first one that the assigned recruiter will review.
Resume/Cover letter: Have you applied for a position at Burger King and sent the same cover letter to McDonalds with Burger King name all over the cover letter? Well this could be the reason why you didn’t receive a call. If this has happened to you, make sure to customize your resume and cover letter to the company you’re applying to.
Didn’t read the details of the job announcement: I notice that many organizations have started to put very specific details in the job announcement to see if candidates can follow directions. Such as email cover letter to the search committee or attach a copy of your college degree or references to the application. If this information is not provided, most likely, the recruiter is not going to contact you. To avoid this mistake, make sure to read the full job announcement.
Not completing the job application: One sure way to be listed as “Not qualify for the position” is to not complete the job application. Make sure to complete all the field in the job application. It shows the employer that you’re paying attention to the details. Also, if you notice at the end of the application, you are signing that everything provided is true to your knowledge. So, if you do not list your full employment history, education, etc. it will raise a red flag for the employer to move on to the next candidate.
Misspelled words: We all have had a typo from time to time, but, keep in mind on an application, resume or cover letter it needs to be perfect. You wouldn’t believe how many hiring managers that I have encountered who didn’t invite candidates to an interview for a misspelled word. To avoid this happening to you, have someone conduct a review of your documents before sending!
Social Media Accounts: O.K. we realize that people have a life afterwork. However, if you have your social media account open for all to see, make sure the content is appropriate to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a teacher position, you may not want to have content where you’re slapping children around. All in all, making your account private may be wise until you receive that wonderful job offer.
No Show: This one will be short and sweet! If you were invited to an interview and did not show-up, call or write! Most likely, you will not be invited to participate in another interview.