Why Didn’t I Land an Interview?

AUTHOR: Michelle K.
POSTED: July 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

You’ve found your dream job! You submitted your cover letter and resume as requested, but didn’t receive an interview. So what are you doing wrong? Here are some reasons as to why you might not make the cut.

A resume that doesn’t fit the bill—Let’s face the fact that we’re not all professional writers, and often times people just slap together a resume.  A resume needs to be properly formatted, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and should have the job description keywords to make it past the applicant tracking system.  It’s a great idea to hire a professional resume writer to ensure that’s not the reason you’re not getting the interview.

If it’s not there, how will they know— I know I was qualified to do this job! Why didn’t they call me for an interview? Did you list everything on your resume? If you don’t list it as a skill, how will they know? Make sure to list all of your qualifications. Recruiters aren’t mind readers, so make sure to show it!

Social media—In this day and age, a recruiter receives a resume and the next thing they do is search the candidate on LinkedIn. If your resume and LinkedIn profile show two different things this can be a red flag. It’s best not to lie and make sure both are showcasing your experience in a truthful way.

You’re not as qualified as you think you are—You hired a resume writer and also had them do your LinkedIn profile for you, but you still haven’t received an interview. A professional resume writer can only do so much and you might not be the most qualified for the job. The recruiter doesn’t have time to reach out to everyone. Emailing the recruiter and let them know of your interest, and ask them to let you know if they have anything coming down the pike. They want to fill positions and have a pool of candidates before a position is open is a great thing for recruiters.

There are a lot more people than jobs, so the best thing to do is have a professional resume ready to go at all times and do a lot of networking, so the recruiter informs you when they have a position ready to be posted, so you don’t get left in the cold.