The Most Qualified Person Doesn't Always Get the Job. Here's why

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The Most Qualified Person Doesn't Always Get the Job. Here's why

From a young age, most people become convinced that an academic qualification and/or work experience is all that is needed to get the job that they desire and live the life that they dream of. This is false; academics and experience are parts, not the whole. They are an important part, yes, but more ingredients are necessary.

Here is the reason: People, including recruiters and managers, are subjective - not objective. The hiring process is subjective, not objective.

Below are some factors that may influence recruiters' decision-making process.

1. Unrealistic salary expectations

It's important that you research the appropriate and market related salary range for the kind of job that you are applying for. Both high salary expectations and low salary expectations can be a big disadvantage in seeking employment.

Disadvantages of low salary expectations

If someone tried to sell you a brand new Mercedes-Benz C-Class for 15 thousand would you buy it? No, automatically you think that there's something wrong with the car. This is exactly the same feeling that you give prospective employers when you present salary expectations that are too low. Inevitably, they begin to think that there is something wrong.

Disadvantages of unrealistically high salary expectations

If someone tried to sell you a Mercedes-Benz C-Class for 7 million would you buy it? No, because you know that's way above what its worth. So when you have unrealistically high expectations it creates mistrust and lowers the possibilities of you getting the position. Remember, employers are always looking to foster a combination of trust and a feeling of social safety in their organizations. It is therefore mandatory that you earn their trust as early and possible in the interview process.

2. Video interviews with bad backgrounds

It's important that you research the appropriate and market related salary range for the kind of job that you are applying for. Both high salary expectations and low salary expectations can be a big disadvantage in seeking employment.

3. Overconfidence

Interview Overconfidence

Often, people who are qualified or overqualified for the position become overconfident and overzealous during the interview. Their eagerness to impress with their considerable knowledge and experience leads them to talking too much, i.e. talking over their interviewer, interjecting while the interviewer is still asking questions and repeatedly misunderstanding questions.

4. Lack of initiative and creativity

People who feel less qualified for the position tend to go an extra mile to get it. They put more effort in their applications, ensuring that their cover letters are well written and comprehensive, and that their CVs are well formatted and look professional.

As a person who is academically and experientially qualified for the post, you have to do the same. A poorly formulated CV may lead to you not even getting called in for the interview even though you qualify for the job.

5. Social Media

Social Media - Job Seekers

These days, recruiters and potential employers use social media sites and search engines like Google and Bing to look up potential employees. Remember that anything you publish has the potential to be seen by unintended audiences. Even when you have strict privacy settings, it is possible for someone inside your network to copy and share your posts. You may lose out on a job you qualify for due to a bad social media image or unsavoury posts.

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