15 Reasons Someone Else Got the Job (And You Didn’t)

party 4You’ve worked hard; you’ve done everything right. And now, you find yourself neck-and-neck with another candidate; the job will go to one of you.

When you’re in this position, what makes the difference? How does an employer know who to choose, and who to disappoint?

CareerBuilder conducted a study to answer this question, and according to the study, having a sense of humor, being well-dressed – or even knowledge of current events and pop culture – all play some part in influencing a hiring manager’s decision. In the study, employers were asked:

“When you have two equally qualified candidates, which factors make you more likely to consider one candidate over another?”

Their responses included:

  • Having a better sense of humor (27 percent)
  • Being involved in your community (26 percent)
  • Being better dressed (22 percent)
  • Having more in common with the employer (21 percent)
  • Being more physically fit (13 percent)
  • Understanding current affairs and pop culture (8 percent)
  • Being more involved in social media (7 percent)

Of course, you don’t have to cover all these factors in one sitting, and some may not be necessary at all for that specific employer. For isntance, maybe pop culture isn’t important to the company culture, but extensive community service experience makes you the more attractive candidate.

The CareerBuilder study also looked at reasons candidates are removed from consideration for a job, or a promotion. As it turns out, employers identified several as red flags:

  • Saying, “that’s not my job” (71 percent)
  • Being often late (69 percent)
  • Having lied at work (68 percent)
  • Taking credit for other people’s work (64 percent)
  • Often leaving work early (55 percent)
  • Taking liberties with expenses charged back to the company (55 percent)
  • Gossiping (46 percent)
  • Not dressing professionally (35 percent)

More than 2,000 employers contributed to the survey, making it hard to ignore the results. There is no doubt: The way you present yourself in an interview or in the workplace will make or break your chance at the job you want!

You’ve worked too hard to let the job go to someone else now. Be aware… and be prepared!


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Come Recommended!



About the Author: Jule Gamache is a senior at Penn State studying public relations with a minor in Spanish. Before becoming a content creator trainee, Jule was the public relations research assistant at Come Recommended. She has experience in public relations, social media, blogging, research, and marketing from multiple internships and student organizations.



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