After a long job search, you feel like you can finally relax. Your latest job interview went extremely well, and you can barely contain your excitement. The hiring manager said you have all the skills they’ve been looking for but they have to interview one more person as a formality. You just know you got the job; you can feel it. Then, two days later, you get that dreaded rejection call— or worse — an email.
If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, then you’ve likely been in a situation where you were almost certain you had the job, but then you got word that you didn’t get picked. You may have wondered what happened. What made the hiring manager choose the other guy over you? Sometimes it comes down to more than your skills. There are some non-skills-based reasons an employer may favor one job candidate over another.
“One of the best problems for a hiring manager to have is two excellent candidates to choose from … The unfortunate reality is that sometimes great candidates don’t get the job, through no fault of their own,” Carol Cochran, director of people and culture at Flexjobs, told The Cheat Sheet. “Sometimes the other person just has that extra something that an employer can’t disregard. Be prepared. My advice to candidates is to show the best, most honest version of yourself, and respect the process and the people behind it.”
We reached out to a few human resource experts to find out exactly what makes a manager tip the scales in one person’s favor. Let’s take a quick look at four things that can make or break your chances of getting the job when it comes down to you and another candidate.