Five Reasons You Failed Your Job Interview

Keep those eyes from wandering.

You arrived 15 minutes early looking sharp af. Your documents were organized and you easily took every question they threw your way. You had a good list of references and experience in the field. After being promised a phone call in about a week, you left smiling.


Not only did you never receive a call, but you had to reach out to them just to hear that you weren’t chosen.

What happened?

You didn’t keep good eye contact.
This is a huge deal. Nervous job applicants will often let their eyes wander around the room as they answer questions. Telling the filing cabinet aboutyour internship last summer isn’t exactly impressive and no employer wants to hire someone who can’t even look at them while they speak.


You were fidgety or inserted “um” and “uh” into every sentence.
This is a confidence issue and can also give your interviewer the impression that you don’t believe in what you’re saying. If you had two candidates with similar skills and abilities, would you choose the confident girl with the one year internship or the uneasy girl with the, um, one year, uh, internship?


You bad-mouthed a previous boss or coworker.
This may even be worse than forgetting to bring a copy of your resume. Someone who can’t even bite their tongue through the interview probably isn’t someone you want interacting with clients.

Yes, Amanda from HR may have been a huge bitch, but your potential manager doesn’t need to know that. If you start talking shit about someone, even just a comment, you immediately look like a gossip who can’t be trusted not to talk about them.


You’re being blackballed.
Blackballing is basically a fancier way of saying that a former supervisor/coworker/etc that you are either using as a reference is saying something bad about you. This person may have promised you a good reference but is doing the exact opposite.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to know when this is actually happening, as many potential employers won’t reveal who said what. This article on blackballing may help you to reveal if this is actually your problem and give you an idea of what to do about it.

You didn’t follow up after the interview.
I know they said they would call you, but you should always follow up after a job interview. Whether it be via email or phone call, sending a thank you note after meeting with a potential employer makes you stand out and helps prevent you from becoming just another face in the crowd.


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