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Why You Could be missing that Employment Offer Letter

Your CV is tailored correctly because obviously you are getting calls. So do not have to do anything about your CV. Your skills, experience and education is something that the hiring manager or recruiter has already looked at, and it appeals to them.


Below are some reasons why your CV could be attracting calls and help you land interviews, but post interviews there is something preventing an employer extending an offer letter.

You Need to Tell a Compelling Story

It is important for the interviewer to understand the right story about you. Interviews are not only about selecting a suitable candidate to get the job done properly. It is also very important that the right person is selected, meaning, someone having the right personality, background story, interest or passion about the job. You don’t want the hiring manager to walk out of the interview thinking, “Yes, he/she can do the job, but why does he/she even want it?, maybe there is this other person....! You need to convince the interviewer why this job is the next step in your career. Is it about the company? the product? the people ? You can cover this straight on in your response to “Tell me about yourself” or “Why this role?” and incorporate the answers throughout the interview.

You Could be Overdoing Your Bit

It is good to be excited about a career opportunity, but be cautious about coming off as overly pushy. This can sometimes raise a concern for the interviewers. You interview is about being calm, composed, yet enthusiastic and energetic, and sharing knowledge about the company through your research. No need to arrive an hour early to the interview, and wait awkwardly at the reception. Write a thank you note to your interviewers and include details from the conversation. Don’t call every day to see if there is an update on the role. Do check out your interviewers on LinkedIn to prepare for the interview. Don’t befriend them on other social media.

You Don’t Stand Out Enough

You want to create a memorable impression once you have left the interview. Give the interviewers something that they remember you by. It could be your research, it could be common professional contacts, it could be your attitude or your passion about the job, it could even be your energy. For example, when you get a more open-ended question like, “Tell me about a Time you had a Disagreement with your Manager?” answer with a work-appropriate response and then briefly add a learning or understanding or positive outcome at the end!

You Were Too Negative

Interviewers like positive candidates, especially those that turn negative outcomes into positive results. They are put off by negative, low energy and least enthusiastic candidates. You may be asked for ideas to improve a particular product or team performance. Be careful how you word things. It’s easy to accidentally get a little too negative and point out all the problems you see. Focus on the solutions and not the problems when answering this question. No badmouthing former employers, managers, or colleagues ,even if their behaviour was unacceptable. You won’t look good if you speak poorly of them.

You Didn’t Prompt Your References

During a reference check, if your references are saying completely different things than what you said in the interview, that can be a huge red flag for hiring managers. Make sure you’re sharing trusted references and giving them sufficient time to expect the call. Let them know what role you’ve applied for and why you think you’re a good fit. Sending over your tailored resume and cover letter can be really helpful, too. In short, you want to make sure that their story and your story align.


Sometimes you can be doing everything right and the reasons for not landing a job are beyond your control. Maybe you were competing with an internal candidate, the hiring manager had in mind or maybe there is a language requirement or even a maximum experience bracket for the role.

Focus on the aspects of your applications that you can control and keep moving forward. Job searches take time, and it will be worth the effort once you land the right job.

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