No Chemistry? No Job Offer!


No chemistry – No offer. It’s that simple.

You might have all of the qualifications. You might fit all of the requirements. That’s great but if there isn’t any chemistry between you and the hiring manager the chances of you getting an offer are slim. I have been in the recruiting business a long time and there is one thing I can never control in the hiring process and that is chemistry between the hiring manager and any candidate.

It never fails. All things being equal, people hire people they like. Period. I wish I could tell you that they hire the best or the most qualified, but they don’t. Every company has a certain culture about them. The way they do things. Even the associations, organizations, and foundations they are members of, basically, everything! If you do not “fit in” with their culture most likely there won’t be any “chemistry” during the interviewing process.

So, what’s the answer? Well, first of all, every one of us is different and we won’t all fit into the same company culture. Is that a bad thing? No! Some of you might want to work on the night shift or have flex-time, weekends off, get paid for overtime, no traveling, you name it. This means you have to do your research on companies. Find out everything you can about their company culture. The people. Everything.

It sounds so simple doesn’t it? It sound like common sense doesn’t it? Well, you would be surprised how many candidates I’ve placed and after they go to work for my client they call me and say “I didn’t know I had to travel so much” or “I didn’t know they expected me to work weekends” and you can imagine the endless issues that come up later. Do your research!

Make sure you are interviewing with companies that “fit-in” with you. If the company “fits-in” with you and your needs most likely you will “fit-in” with them and then there will be chemistry between you and any hiring managers during the interviewing process. If you are qualified for the position and there is chemistry you will get an offer. It’s that simple.

If you are getting interviews but no offers this could be the reason. No chemistry. You don’t “fit-in” with their company. I cannot stress that chemistry thing…it’s important. More then you will ever know. So, make sure you do your research on every company you are interviewing with. Find out as much as you can about their culture. Make sure it’s a good fit for you and YOUR CAREER. I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo