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Didn't Get The Interview or Job Offer? Here's Why!

Updated: Oct 30


There are several reasons why you may not get an interview for a position you applied for, or why you didn't get the offer after interviewing. Understanding what some of these reasons may be will help you prepare and limit any objections you may face during the process. If you need help with your coaching resume, your portfolio, or the interview process, be sure to sign up for one of our job prep packages at The Coaching Portfolio Guide!


Reasons Why You May Not Get an Interview


  • The organization had somebody already in mind.

  • Lack of experience for the position.

  • Your experience does not meet the criteria of the position requirements.

  • Resume does not stand out or does not properly demonstrate your abilities.

  • You didn’t demonstrate interest in the position or you did not followup with the head of the search.

  • Lack of supporting info/portfolio.

  • Lack of references in your application material or poor reference check.

  • Higher than normal competition for the position.

  • Demographics – age, gender, ethnicity.

  • Overqualified.

  • Timing (materials received late).


Reasons Why You May Not Get the Job Offer


  • Not as qualified as other candidates that interviewed.

  • Poor communication/interpersonal/interviewing skills.

  • Said something that raised a red flag.

  • Did not outline a comprehensive vision for all aspects of the position/program.

  • Lack of supporting info/portfolio.

  • Showed lack of overall interest.

  • Did not show that this was the #1 destination/position.

  • Poor reference checks.

  • Did not do well with player interviews.

  • Did not have a plan for the specific needs of the position/program (lack of research).

  • Another candidate was pegged as the leader to fill the position heading into the interviews.

  • Salary requirements could not be agreed upon.

  • First impressions (dress, timeliness, etiquette).


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Written By: Bill Vasko – CEO, XO Coach

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