You Spoke Poorly About Your Former Workplace
Speaking poorly about former employers or managers could be a red flag for recruiters. There is a fine line between providing legitimate reasons for leaving a company — such as a change in leadership — and openly bad-mouthing a former manager or employer.
You Pretended To Know About a Topic You Don't Actually Know About
It is better to say ‘I’m not familiar with that,’ and then provide examples from their past on their continuous learning, appetite for being trained and engaging with new concepts, etc., than to pretend they know about a subject they don’t. Honesty is the best policy. No one knows it all.
You Didn't Effectively Relate Your Experience to the Needs of the Current Position
You must explain how your previous experience qualifies you for the open position. Interviewees that studied the position’s responsibilities and duties and relate their experience, achievements and answers to the position’s requirements show they are motivated and detail-oriented, most importantly, make it very simple for the interviewer to understand how quickly the interviewee will be able to hit the ground running and positively fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
Your Salary Expectations Are Too High
If you’ve made it to the point in the interview process when it’s appropriate to discuss salary, be sure your expectations are in line with other salaries for the given role. You may not get a call back if your salary asks are above what the company is willing to pay — even if you’re qualified for the role. If you really need the job, make sure to compromise and be content with the initial offer that they can give you.
You Are Under- or Overqualified
You might be beaten to the post by a more qualified applicant. On the other hand, you could be overqualified, causing decision-makers to assume that you will soon move on or demand a higher salary.