Why Your Qualification Doesn’t Get you Hired

What most people don’t understand is that qualifications are not the most crucial part of the job application process. Yes, it is important, but it isn’t the key to job success. The following reasons are.

The Interview

In order to increase your chances of getting the job, your interview needs to go well. This is where you give the company the opportunity to get to know you, or a version of you that you feel is acceptable for this type of environment. However, if the interviewer does not take a liking to you, the chances are that you won’t get hired, no matter how qualified you may be. You need to know how to sell yourself in such a way that you convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate. Therefore the burden of proof lies with you and your people-skills, not with your qualification.



Employers desire passionate employees. Passion dictates hard work to the point of being perfectionistic, interest in the job at hand and especially interest in the company’s goals. An interviewer will determine the extent of your passion in the interview, no doubt. However, your passion may not always be directly related to your job. Your passion is probably tied to your hobbies, and the interviewer knows this may be the case. Therefore, when asked about your hobbies, don’t evade the topic by referring back to the job you are expected to do. Interviewers are well aware that you have a life outside of your job.


The main question on the interviewer’s lips will probably always be: “Will you fit in with the culture of the company?” As important as it is to do the job and to be able to do it well, it is also important to be able to build work relationships. The social aspect of a company is just as an important measurement of your value to the company. It isn’t necessary to be a social butterfly or the most popular person in the group, but you should at least have a basic understanding of social society. The interviewer will get to know your social abilities in the interview. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not for the sake of the interview. Be the most pleasant version of yourself that you can be. A friendly smile goes a long way.

In the end, it is important to note that we as people put way too much emphasis on the qualification aspects of job building. It is good to ensure that you suit the job requirements before applying for a job. However, the psychological impact of putting such a weight on qualifications is that we have someone to blame when we don’t get the job. “I should have gotten the job. I am much more qualified than the other candidates.” Does this sound familiar? I believe you should rather direct the questions at yourself. “Why didn’t I give them a good enough reason to hire me?”

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