These Are The Real Reasons You Didn't Get The Job

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
This story was originally published on September 5, 2015.
By Lauren Berger
Few experiences — save for a trip to the DMV or dentist’s office — elicit the same level of anxiety that a job interview does (and that’s only once you’ve made it through the dreaded application process and actually secured yourself an interview). Unfortunately, like those other stressful tasks, there’s no getting around it. Rather than crack under pressure, why not learn from the mistakes made by other candidates?

To get the inside scoop, we asked a handful of professional recruiters and career coaches to tell us about the slip-ups they’ve witnessed over and over again. You’ll notice we left out some obvious flubs — from failing to proofread for typos (an offense that 61% of hiring managers in a national survey considered grounds for automatic rejection) to posting questionable content on social media (for which 51% said they had passed on a candidate). Click ahead to focus on somewhat lesser-discussed errors.