There are many reasons why you did not get the job. Competition is high for all roles. You need to be on the top of your game to get the role. Even a small oversight or error during the hiring process could cause you to fall out of contention.

Our Toronto recruiters offer some insights into the top reasons employers reject candidates:

Toronto Recruiters share Top Reasons Employers Reject Candidates


There Was a More Qualified Candidate

Sometimes not getting the job actually has nothing to do with you. You may have been a great candidate and put your best effort forward, but there was simply a better candidate going for the same role. They had more experience and qualifications. There is not much you can do in these situations other than to not take it personally. It’s just part of the job search process.

Your Salary Expectations Are Too High

Some companies simply may not be able to afford you. If your compensation expectations are way out of alignment with what a company can afford or is willing to spend, they will reject your candidacy.

You Are Simply Not the Right Fit

It’s not always about your qualifications and experience. Many companies are looking for someone with a specific type of personality. Companies reject candidates because they do not develop a good connection during the hiring process. They do not see you as someone who is the right fit for company culture.

Less Than Impressive References

Who your references are and what they have to say about you is another top reason for a candidate to get rejected. If you don’t have glowing references and come highly recommended, you could have challenges getting a job offer. Companies are cautious about making hiring mistakes.

Questionable Social Media Presence

We’ve all seen stories online about companies firing employees for what they say on social media. Hiring companies will check you out online and if they find something questionable, they will likely move on to another candidate. Companies will not hire a candidate who can become a liability in the future because of what they do or say online.

Discrepancies Between Your Resume and Interview

What you put on your resume and what you say during the interview need to match up. If you cannot back up your claims on your resume and present yourself accordingly, companies may question whether you have the skills and experience to do the job.

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Mark Rouse Marketing Recruiter

Mark Rouse

Mark leads Canada’s largest Marketing Communications & Media recruitment practice. Leveraging close to two decades of industry experience in the Marketing Services and Agency businesses, he has been responsible for hiring, developing, and retaining top talent as Vice-President with companies such as Young & Rubicam, Wunderman, and J. Walter Thompson.

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