Ask a Recruiter is an ongoing series that covers topics both large and small facing students who are looking for their first job or internship. The process of finding job or internship can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. This article focuses on how to deal with disappointment in your job search.

This series is written by Rachel Graham, a University and Diversity Recruiter at Lenovo who specializes in North America opportunities.

Have a question for Rachel about starting your career, interviewing or finding an internship that’s right for you? Add your question in the comments section.

8 Possible Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

Below is a list of reasons why you may not be selected for a job, that has nothing to do with your resume and experience. It's easy to take something like being rejected from a job personally. If you weren't chosen for a job, it does not change your value as a person or make you any less capable.

  • Role was canceled/hiring plan was changed
  • Higher salary expectations than what's being offered
  • Applied to the job during final round interviews
  • Role got so many applicants your resume wasn't reviewed
  • Looking for a local candidate or candidate in a certain area
  • Not able to support foreign national
  • Promoted someone internally to the role instead
  • The resume/application came through in a format that wasn't compatible with the system

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About Rachel:

Rachel graduated from University of North Carolina – Wilmington in May 2019 and began her career at Lenovo soon after. She is a Raleigh, North Carolina native who spends her free time fostering kittens, doing home DIYs and enjoying time with friends and family.

  • Luck, timing, preparation and skill are EQUAL components of job acquisition unless you possess a truly rare skill set. Just keep buggering on as Churchill famously said. You will find your spot in time.

  • Good points. Perseverance is key.

  • It's really important to remember that it's not always you, seeing this list made me feel better

  • It's good to keep these possible reasons in mind. Not getting a job shouldn't feel like a personal rejection. It's too easy to take it personally and take a hit to your self esteem, when the real reason you were turned down for a job is something out of your control. 

  • All of these advice from Rachel are really good and helpful to read, now to be sure to remember all of them.