En Route: A Career Blog

You did well in the interview but never heard back…

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

All of us have been on interviews where we clicked with the hiring authority. There were no awkward moments in the conversation. A better match of personalities and life views couldn’t be found.

It was perfect. You left the interview thinking – “This is it. I nailed it. Give it a few hours and I’ll get an offer.”

Several days later without that all-important phone call, you’re left wondering – what happened? How could I have been so wrong?

Maybe you weren’t, at least about connecting on an emotional level with the interviewer or recruiter. However, when it comes to filling a position, a lot more is at stake.

Are You the Perfect Candidate in the Hiring Manager’s Eyes?

It could be that another candidate had more experience or industry knowledge that you don’t possess. Or that your training wasn’t exactly what the company was looking for. That doesn’t mean you’re not a viable candidate. It means you weren’t perfect for them.

That’s what companies are looking for – the perfect candidate to fit the position. When requirements are flawlessly met by skills, everyone’s happy. Except for the individuals who didn’t get the job.

It’s important to remember that the interview isn’t a personality or popularity contest. The hiring authority may really like you as a person, but the company’s needs come first. Keep that in mind and use your rapport to get across how well you fit the position requirements.

Be Proactive in Proving You Can Do the Job

If you’re lacking in a few areas, the interview is the time to state how you intend to overcome those deficiencies. The individual speaking to you already likes you as a person, so use that to get across your points.

Never let yourself believe that a great conversation will lead to a job offer. It’s all about your skills, knowledge and abilities. Those come first.