Why did I not pass the Recruitment and Selection Process

One of our experts, Amanda Fornaciari, covers the do's and don'ts of the recruitment process.

The search for a new job comprises of many expectations —and getting negative feedback can be frustrating. However, during the selection process, even when you don’t get your desired outcome, can teach you a lot about self-knowledge. With that being said, let’s reflect on how the process works.

The candidate is commonly evaluated by three criteria:

  • Knowledge: The recruiter seeks to understand what the candidate has done to obtain their knowledge, whether through a degree or course.
  • Skills: The recruiter evaluates if the candidate has certain professional and interpersonal experience that matches with the position.
  • Attitude: The recruiter identifies if the candidate can adapt to change and motivated for the job.

Each position requires a greater or lesser degree of evaluation of these factors. The lack of one or an inappropriate behavior during the process can cause the person to have to be re-evaluated. Therefore, it is important to understand that attitude is essential. Even when the candidate has all the adequate skills, if he or she does not show sincere interest and initiative for the opportunity, it is unlikely that the process will move forward.

There are positions that require a certain skillset, and therefore the recruiter will evaluate and analyze them. In some cases, companies are willing to train the professional if they do not have sufficient knowledge for the position. In other instances, it is required that the individual has a full understanding of the scope of work. Therefore, it is fundamental that you are honest about your skills and experience because they will most likely find out if you are being dishonest.

Lack of experience can indeed disqualify candidates. Do not think this is unfair; it is a requirement that most companies require. Therefore, it is best that you seek to work for companies that have a good learning environment and gives you an opportunity for further professional development. Each company has a certain dynamic — and it is your attitude, knowledge, and skills that will determine a good fit for the company or not. Also note, that in the case of junior positions, internships and apprenticeships, skills are not a requirement. The most important thing is to show initiative and have the right attitude.

Depending on the complexity of the job, some employers are not concerned with technical knowledge and are simply looking for someone with experience and skills and can offer some expertise. For this reason, do not think that the problem is always focused on you. It may be that you simply do not have the right profile that the company is looking for. A way to increase your chances of success is to continually seek professional and personal development

Here are some tips and insights on how to master the selection process:

Your value is different from the company’s

Every company seeks a candidate who matches with their values. If the company has socio-environmental responsibilities as one of them, they will want to hire someone that cares about the environment. What can you do? List companies that have similar values as you.  Reach out to them as well as keep an eye on their next openings.

Corporate Culture

There may be situations where the manager or HR has not identified with the candidate. The reason can be subjective and have more to do with empathy. In this case, you need to understand that this can happen and that no one would like to work where they don’t match with the company’s corporate culture, right? Be sure to be friendly and not try to be someone that you are not, sincerity and authenticity is the key.

Inadequate Behavior during the Interview

Poor posture, tardiness, improper attire, miscommunication with the interviewer, and lack of confidence during the interview are some behaviors that may lead to disqualification in the process. Remember the saying, “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want to do unto you.” Act the part and remember that everyone is being evaluated.

Lack of self-knowledge

Believe it or not, many candidates do not know how to answer common interview questions. “What are your strengths? Where do you think you can further develop?” If the candidate does not know how to answer these questions, it can come off negatively. Because after all, companies seek professionals who know what they want in their careers and are confident in what they say and do.


Being dishonest about your experience is never a good idea. At some point, it can be discovered through examinations, references or contradictory information acquired from interviews. Not telling the truth can not only hinder your selection process but can also make a negative impact on your career. Keep in mind; bad news travels fast.

By: Amanda Forniciari

Contributor: Mariana Paranhos and Kimberly Milani

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