No second interview? What gives?
Job searching is a challenge, especially when you’re reentering the civilian workforce after being out of it for some years. Across the board, one of the most annoying aspects of the interview process is not getting called back for a second interview. If you’re consistently getting stuck at the same step in the hiring process, you might just need a few small tweaks in your interview skills to get you over the hurdle. If your interview skills are well polished and you’re still not advancing to the next round, chances are it’s not you, it’s them.
Remember that there are plenty of reasons why you might not get that call for a second interview. Especially if you’re just beginning your job search, don’t get discouraged and think that you’re never going to get a job. Focus on what you can control internally and then look for other reasons that might be discouraging that second interview.
First, make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to interview well. This includes doing your homework about the company, having thoughtful and prepared answers for the most common interview questions, and selling yourself well.
Make sure you’ve looked at other angles that might seem less than obvious. For example, evaluate your social media presence from the perspective of an employer. Some employers will look at your feeds to determine if you’re a good fit, so make sure you’re presenting the right image to the world.
If you’re certain that you’ve hit all those marks, then you might want to consider other reasons you didn’t get a call for a second interview.
The needs of the employer might have changed since your first initial meeting, which can result in not getting a second interview. This can happen if budgets change, there are different staffing needs, or if the team needs have changed. Depending on the company, most hiring managers will tell you it’s them and not you, but don’t let this seem like a cop-out on the part of the company. Most often, it’s true.
The culture of a workplace is as important as hiring qualified candidates for open positions. It’s possible that you had the right skillset for the open role, but weren’t a good fit culturally. You might be the most skilled person in the world, but if the environment isn’t suited to your particular working style, then it’s not going to be beneficial to either you or the company. Don’t let this feel like a mark against you, because it truly isn’t at all. Instead, it’s a skillful hiring manager who can see that you might not be happy in the workplace environment.
Another reason you might not be getting a second interview is because the hiring manager might have someone else in mind. It might be part of protocol to put out a call for the open role though the hiring manager already has a lead on an ideal candidate. In instances like this, it wouldn’t matter if you were the perfect fit for the job if the interviewer has someone else in mind.