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5 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Second Interview

You nailed the fast phone interview, then the first in-person interview, – or, so you thought, but there are reasons you’re not getting a second interview afterwards.  Most times, you get a concise and polite email telling you that you are not included in the next interview round.

Honestly, nothing feels more disappointing than being rejected by an employer. It makes you keep reflecting on the words you say, your composure during the interview, and you even go on to send an email to the hiring manager asking for feedback. Unfortunately, you get no response after hours, days, weeks, and even months of sending the mail.

And most importantly, if you don’t deal with the doubt, you may end up having a crisis of career confidence which may demoralize you and make you less interested in pursuing your dream job.

Although in some cases, likely, you did fine in the first interview. The problem is that the hiring process can be unpredictable. In this article, you will learn the reasons you’re not getting a second interview.

Reasons You’re Not Getting a Second Interview

Before we proceed to highlight the reasons you’re not getting a second interview, it is important to note that there are plenty of reasons why you might not get a second interview that is not directly your fault.

Here in Nigeria, not many employers reach out to candidates for follow-up or a second interview. It is either you get a congratulatory message that you’ve been employed or get a message telling you that you did not make it to the employment list, or worst still, get no feedback.

However, it is important to know some of the reasons you’re not getting a second interview or a follow-up after your first interview.

1. You are probably not a good cultural fit

When it comes to the hiring process, culture fit matters almost the same way as skillsets and qualifications. No matter how you take this; the most talented worker in the world can’t be as productive in every working environment except for the ones that work for them.

Take for instance, if you are a people person that loves working in an environment occupied with colleagues and teammates, taking up a remote job wouldn’t be a good fit for you. Likewise, an introvert that prefers working alone, working in a big office full of workers and parties is also not a good fit.

Most times, if this is the reason why you fail to get a second interview or are called up to take the job, then the hiring manager is doing their best not to employ you in a position where you won’t be happy working in.

Indirectly, they might have done you a big favour by letting you go for opportunities that you will be happy working in.

2. You blew up the opportunity

It is only common to come out of an interview with a positive mindset, neglecting the misdeeds that went on during the interview.

However, mistakes are inevitable and if not well cautioned, can ruin your chances of landing yourself a second interview which in return can lead to you securing the job.

Take, for instance, you may have called the hiring manager by the wrong name or forgotten some basic information about the company like the company name, location, etc. or in a bad scenario where you arrive very late for the interview – which is a terrible first impression.

Therefore, you should analyze yourself and how composed you were throughout the whole interview process. Do you need improvement in certain areas? Were you robotic or hesitant with the way you responded to questions? All these could be reasons you’re not getting a second interview.

3. Your social media probably raised a red flag

As we emphasized in some of our content, failing to clean up and make your social media account look professional and visible can negatively impact your application.

Hiring managers see you as their brand ambassador even when you don’t directly hold such a position. To them, you will stand as a figure representing the company. So, if you have controversial, drunk, or explicit posts, images, or videos all over your timeline, you can give the company a bad name if selected for the job.

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 57% of employers have previously concluded not to hire candidates based on the things they found online about them.

So, if you don’t want to delete some of the crazy moments you had that you posted on your social media that can negatively affect you professionally, you can change the privacy settings to “Private” to avoid unnecessary eyewitnesses.

On the other hand, don’t delete your account because the other 47% of employers stated in that survey that they probably wouldn’t hire a candidate if they can’t find anything about them online.

4. Maybe one of your references is not on your side

Do you trust your references to positively vouch for you as a reputable candidate for any job you apply for? You obviously need to put contacts down of people you can confide in as a professional; those who know you and the way you work.

Besides, if you want to get the best from them, there’s no harm in reaching out to them to be sure they can still attest positively about your good qualities before applying for the job.

Read Also – How to Ace a Job Interview Like a Pro

5. You forgot to send a thank you message

Whether you like it or not, a thank you message can go a long way to help you seal up the first interview. In fact, according to a survey from TopResume, 68% of hiring managers said getting a thank you message from candidates after an interview also influences their decision whether or not to hire the candidate,

It is important to always take it as an obligation to send a thank you note either handwritten or via email within 24 hours of your interview.

The importance of a thank you message can never be overemphasized. It’s a perfect way to reiterate your skills and qualifications, and show that you are very interested in the role.

However, don’t be persistent with sending mail, as it can have a negative effect on your applicant. If you don’t get feedback after sending the thank you mail, let it be. No employer wants to work with someone that will persistently disturb them.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons you’re not getting a second interview even though we highlighted only the common 5 reasons candidates fail to get a second interview. Most times, you may not be the reason why you fail to get the second interview, but once you know how to ace a job interview like a pro, you’ll always be called up for a second interview or a follow-up after your first interview.

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