We all know how frustrating it can be to look for a new job. You feel like you are the best candidate for the job, and you nailed the interview. All you are waiting for is that call or email with the job offer.

Maybe you never heard back. Maybe you got another interview, only to be rejected. Maybe you were sent a vague and unhelpful rejection email. Rejection sucks.

Now, you’re probably wondering why you didn’t get the job. Here are some of the most common reasons for not getting the job.

Too Early or Too Late

Of course, you know that you can’t be late to an interview. But did you know that being too early is almost as bad?

Arriving too early can make you look overeager or maybe even desperate. You may even stress out or annoy the person interviewing you as they may not be ready for you yet.

We suggest arriving no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview.

Didn’t follow instructions

Companies may ask you to bring certain items with you, such as; applications, ID, references, portfolio of work, transcripts, or copies of your resume.

This is your first task, and by not bringing these items you will fail this initial assignment.

Shared Too Much Personal Information

It’s important to only share as much information as needed. If you left your previous job for personal reasons, then keep your explanation brief and as professional as possible.

Remember to never speak negatively about your previous employers. You want to show employers your positive side, not your negative side.

These are just a few reasons why you may not have gotten the job. Stay tuned for the second part of this blog post on Monday, June 12th!