“We have reviewed your application and unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer you an interview for this role…”
Sounds familiar? Tons of people get rejected after their application is reviewed and only a few are called upon for an interview. Today we will talk about the various reasons why you do not get considered for a job and what you can do to change that
First of all, A LOT of people apply for the position you are also vying for, and I mean a whole lot of people. An average job posting for an average company gets at least 500 different applications. For other global companies like PwC, KPMG, McKinsey, Shell and SAP receive at least 5000 applications for one job post (in Nigeria only)
In retrospect you have a 2% chance of getting an interview at an average company, let alone an offer. And I bet you want interviews at above average companies and industry leading companies.
Unfortunately, those numbers are far worse. No matter how you cut the losses, the odds are not in your favor.
What Are Three Ways You Can Increase Your Chances at Getting a Job Offer?
- Crafting a highly relevant and excellent application (40%)
- Make sure a decision maker considers your application (50%)
- Luck (10%)
Let’s take it one after the other
- Crafting a highly relevant application is amazing but it may not get you through the door, the chances here is a little 40%, the reason is that a lot of people can craft a good CV and write a convincing cover letter. There are a lot of important nuances to writing exceptional, attention-grabbing CVs and cover letters that are beyond the scope of this article. I’ve written thorough guides on how to write a rockstar CV.
You will need more than this but also it is important to have one. You need to understand what the recruiter wants for that position and include it in your application. This applies to every job and industry. You have to convince the hirer that you belong by showing that you deeply understand the job through a well-crafted CV and cover letter.
Here are a few ways you can do that:
- Tailor your CV and cover letter to include relevant experiences (your CV for a studio production job and an enterprise sales job should different)
- Use words, phrases, and a little jargon to describe your experience to mirror the phrases used in industry.
Research the job, the company and the culture. Ask yourself what are the top 10 things they are looking out for in the role and include it! Thais is an amazing way to stand out.
- Make sure a decision maker considering your application – now let us say you have an amazing CV and cover letter, the chances of you getting an offer when a key decision maker in the company is reviewing your application jumps to a whopping 90%!
Many of these applicants also have very competitive resumes and cover letters.
Most recruiters and hiring managers don’t actually read every application. They simply do not have enough time, instead, many rely on their network and referrals to fill interview spots. A recruiter at Google once reported that over half the candidates who receive an offer come through referrals. This is probably the case for most companies.
To stop getting rejected from interviews, you need to be on the inside track by making sure your application will actually be read.
This means you need to have someone refer you to the recruiter/hiring manager. This is where networking plays in. A lot of managers in above average companies prefer to hire based on referrals. It is important to have contacts when doing your job search. This takes your application farther than others without any network. A well written CV and a decision makers contact? You are almost in!
- Luck – the power of luck in life cannot be overemphasize, some call it grace too but whatever you see it as or call it, you need to get more of it when applying for jobs.
“Employers can receive anywhere between 75 and 250 applications per job posting. And because the web has made it so easy for people to apply to multiple jobs – many of the submissions are from candidates who really aren’t qualified to do the job.” – Workopolis, 2015
You now have everything you need to turn your situation around and start landing offers.
It’s on you to take action and make changes to your recruiting process. We have seen students and graduates figure out exactly what they were doing wrong but resist changing their habits. They were comfortable spam applying to hundreds of jobs. As a result, they continued to face rejection after rejection.
Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results. Once you figure out where you’re going wrong, make the change.
Now you have all the information on why your application gets flanked!