Ashley Wilson
Posted August 13, 2020

The employer said you aren't a good fit

You landed the interview and thought it went well, but then they told you that you aren't a good fit. Find out what this means and what you can do about it.
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You applied, landed the interview and then the employer said that you weren’t a good fit. Well, what do you do now? This phrase is definitely one of the things that you don’t want to hear as it is often something employers include in their rejection email. "You're not a good fit" unfortunately doesn't really provide you with much of an explanation of what went wrong and why you didn’t get the job. Here are some things you can do about it!

Don’t take it personally

While hearing from an employer that you are not a good fit for the role, can hurt and disappoint you, it is important to understand that the employer is not saying this to upset you. They are simply stating that for whatever reason you are just not right for the role. This could mean that your qualifications are not what they were looking for, or perhaps your personalities just didn't mesh well.

Ask them to elaborate

Tell them that while you understand they believe you are not the right person for the job you would like to know why. Mention that this will help you grow in the future and you would appreciate a great company like themselves taking the time to share their thoughts.

If they can provide additional insight into their reasoning then will have some clarification and can use this feedback as you head into other interviews. Keep in mind that not every person is right for every role out there, but the employer should be able to tell you more.

Avoid these moments in the future

Before you apply for the position, make sure that you spend some time researching the company and learning more about the employer to see if they are the right fit for YOU. What is the company's mission? What type of culture do they have? What are past employees saying about their experiences there?

You can also ask questions during the interview to gain additional insight such as:

  • What is your favorite thing about working here? This makes the interviewer pause and reflect on their own experience and what they value about their job. If the company has great employee perks and benefits, you’ll likely find out about them.
  • How do you measure success? This question will help you determine if your future employer is going to have unrealistic expectations. Make sure you feel confident to go after what they explain they will be expecting of you. If you aren’t then this might not be the right place for you. An employer that demands LONG workdays, for example, may not be a good fit, but if you like to work a ton it will be perfect.

  • What type of company events have you held in the past? This will reveal if they are all work and no play as well as how they treat their employees. A company will most likely have a holiday party at the very least, but some may not. This can be an indicator that the employees at that business weren’t truly valued.

Move on and don't look back

While rejection never feels good it's important to remind yourself that you will find a job. The fact that you were able to land an interview is a great sign that employers find your qualifications desirable, and you can absolutely land more interviews! Continue to search for jobs and know that another great opportunity is just around the corner.

Have you ever been told you weren't a great fit?

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jacqueline misera

Also, your qualifications might be more than is needed for this particular job, so don't despair. They know you will quit sooner if you find a job fitting your qualifications. So it might not be you at all. Keep looking! Jacqueline, Stressbustersinc.org

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Ford Simpson

Yes ,I was told they had hired to many workers. I was working with about 50 horses, they let me go and I ended up working with 200 horses instead.Things will feel bad at first but my situation improved beyond my expectations! Ford

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jacqueline misera

I am a stress manager Ford and every time one door closes I tell my clients a bigger better door will open. Most declined ones are overqualified whichfrom an employers viewpoint is the same as being "not qualified". Because you will leave when a better paying job opens up.

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