Were You Turned Down For That Job?

By chasww | Articles

You are being harshly and sometimes unfairly judged when you go into a job interview. There are just too many variables to account for all of the possible ways you can be rejected

Applicants to big name colleges like Harvard and Stanford face huge odds in getting in too. Only about 1 out of 5 applicants is truly qualified to get in. So do these schools accept this 20%?


They go through further analysis to determine whom they believe is the best qualified. They only take about 1 out of 4 of the "qualified" applicants even though they have no correlated data that suggests that their additional criterion helps them to pick the best of the best.

But it makes them feel good and justified in their ultra-strict and secretive selection process. They have "standards" that must be met regardless of the outcome that is or could have been.

75% of the applicants are turned away. Very good, qualified applicants are turned away for what appears to be a fairly random selection criteria.​

If this happens at the most prestigious and expensive institutions, what do you think is happening in corporate America? What is happening at the smaller businesses that don't have the resources of bigger companies?​

Just because you did not get the job, that does not mean that you were not qualified or that you wouldn't be a stellar performer. It may just mean that you didn't pass some ad hoc decision process.​

Graduating college with a high GPA means that you perform well in a very structured environment, learning things that may not have much real world application, can memorize large sets of data and you don't choke on exams. How well does that correlate into the business world? Personally, I think too much emphasis is placed on GPA, but what else does a hiring manager have to go on?​

Initiative, drive, character and personality are the things that are most important to success and achievement. ​The first two can be displayed with a track record in school, extra-curricular activities and a track record of experience and results.

But how does one display the right character and personality? It doesn't fit very well onto a resume.

As Jim Collins said in "Good to Great", you need to get "the right people on the bus". And the right people are the ones with the same vision that the company has. Learning the details of what is required in the job is relatively unimportant.

You too want to be on the right bus that is headed in the direction that you want your career to go. You too need to be looking for the right company to join that meets or exceeds your expectations.

Normal job interviews have both parties acting their parts; both sides showing the best of what they have to offer. Neither side get a true look at the opportunities in front of them.

What to do?

Don't do job interviews!

Find another way to meet that is real, natural and drops the pretentious barrier to an honest dialog.

If you can find a way to do that, both parties have a much higher chance of success and reaching mutual goals.​

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Author of Amazon #1 Bestseller "The Reverse Interview" and Patent Holder of the anti-shoplifting tag you've seen for over 30 years in Department stores