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Staying positive

Possible reasons for missing out on a job

Employers consider a range of issues when selecting new staff. Some of the most common ways they assess your suitability for the position include:

1 Your personal presentation. Were you appropriately dressed for the employer? Did you speak clearly? Was your body language confident and positive?

2 The skills and ability that you have to do the job. Did you have the actual skill requirements and other abilities that the employer was looking for?

3 Your personality and ability to get on with other people. Did you come across to the interviewer as a likeable person who would be a good addition to the workplace relationships?

4 Willingness and enthusiasm for the job. Did you sound like a keen worker who would be prepared to learn new things in the workplace?

5 Your attitude and the level of interest that you showed during the interview. Did you sound positive and interested in your answers and your questions?

6 Unsuitable or insufficient qualifications. It could be that there are some essential qualifications that the employer requires that you just currently don’t have.

7 Stable work habits. If the employer is seeking someone who will stick around for a few years, does your work history show that you are likely to do that?

8 Levels of experience. You may have the qualifications or some experience, but the employer may require more previous experience than you have got to offer.

9 Ability to communicate clearly. Did you show from the interview that you can speak clearly, that you can listen to others and conduct a conversation with others?

10 Flexibility. Did you sound like the kind of person who is adaptable, open to new things and  can move with change?

11 Living too far away from place of employment. This is often a problem for those in the country, especially for young people. Does the employer think that you will be able to get to work on time? Does the employer believe there will be potential transport problems that may arise for you?

12 Maturity. Does the employer need a person of a certain level of maturity for the position? Do you come across as having the level of maturity in attitude and life experience that the employer is seeking?

13 Potential. This works two ways: do you have the potential to develop into an asset for the employer, or do you have too much potential that you are likely to move on after the employer has trained you up for the position?

14 Too talkative or over keen. Did you come across as loud and overconfident? Did you seem to be a bit of a ‘know it-all’?

15 Confidence: ability to express yourself. Did you seem to be confident and articulate? Were you able to clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas?

16 Reliability. In the employer’s mind, do you seem to be a reliable kind of person? Do you give the impression of being dependable, honest and someone who can be trusted?

17 Self-motivation. By the way you have conducted yourself during your job search and interview, do you seem like a highly motivated person?

18 Tidy handwriting. Will customers and others in the workplace be able to read your writing? This might be important to the employer.

19 References and referees. Do your written references give you a good report? Did your telephone referees say the right kinds of positive things about you? Or did that past employer say what they really thought about you and the way you work?

20 Over emphasis on money; interest in only the best dollar offer, not the best job. Did you appear to the employer that you were only there for the money? Remember that the employer needs you to make money for them.

21 Sincerity. Did you come across to the employer as a sincere person? Did you seem like you really wanted the job? Or do you sound like you are only there to fulfil Centrelink requirements?

22 Promptness. Were you late for the interview? If you were, the employer might be worried that you will always be late for work. That would be a concern for them.

23 Bad luck. There is an element of luck in searching for work. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Maybe things just didn’t work out well for you, the car broke down, or it was just a bad day!

24 Someone else got the job! Maybe there was someone else you were competing against who was better qualified, more experienced or who the interviewer thought was better suited to the position than you were. Maybe next time you’ll beat someone else.

Remember, you have to convince the employer that you are the best person for the job. Not only that, but you have to convince the employer that you will be an asset to their business or organisation.

If your application and interview were unsuccessful, you may wish to telephone the interviewer and ask if he/she would be prepared to discuss your interview performance. This information may be helpful to prepare yourself for future interviews.

Use the interview as an opportunity to learn something and be better prepared for the next one.

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