Why You Are Not A Good Fit For A Job
"Sorry, But You're Not a Good Fit." This is one of the most troublesome lines a job candidate can hear while applying for a job, and it's a very common one. Most commonly, this happens at one of the latter stages for getting a job-either during the interview process, during a temporary assignment, or even after getting "hired," only to be dismissed a few days later with no objective reason. "Sorry, but you're not a good fit" is a frustrating thing to hear because it makes a job candidate feel like he or she did something wrong or proved to be underqualified, although this is rarely the case.
This "not a good fit" thing is very common, so if you've heard it, don't worry, you're not alone. It doesn't mean that you aren't skillful or qualified to work in your profession, and it doesn't mean that you're some kind of social failure, either. Every workplace is different and has a unique corporate identity. While employers like to pretend objectivity, the reality is that no one who is in charge of running all or part of any organization is going to be able to be entirely objective. Usually "not a good fit" translates to, "I simply didn't like you," or alternately, "I liked you, but you aren't the right personality for this particular job." Either way, it usually means you're out the door and back to pounding the pavement.
What can you do about it? As far as trying to fit into the corporate image goes, the next time you apply for a job, you can try to do some extra research on the company's website, maybe swing by the premises (anonymously), and also try to establish some rapport with your interviewer while you're talking. Try to match his or her tone. If the hiring manager takes things lightly, do the same-within reason. If the hiring manager is very serious, be equally so. Try and determine the company's values and echo those values during your interview or your first days on the job.
All of this is assuming you actually do fit in to some extent. It's normal to expect to compromise a bit and adjust yourself to a new workplace, but again, within reason. Just as an employer can choose to reject you for your personality, it's not unreasonable to reject a workplace for the same reason. Indeed, that should be part of your research process when you select jobs to apply to. You will be spending a lot of time at your job, so if it's going to be in a corporate culture which isn't a good fit for you, it's going to be extremely unpleasant after a fairly short time, and that's even if you manage to fool everyone.
If someone rejects you for being a poor fit, you should probably be grateful. There's a better place out there for you somewhere. Odds are you wouldn't have enjoyed working there, and you wouldn't have forged good connections with your co-workers or bosses. Consider it a favor that you've been sent on your way-somewhere you'll connect better and fit into another corporate culture which can appreciate your gifts.