Here's why your manager chose to hire the other Intern over you
So you’ve collected your degree, hung up your graduation robe and are ready to bid your reckless college days goodbye with an internship.
Along with a handful of graduate hopefuls, you intend to use your internship to ease you into your first-ever full-time job. But alas! At the end of your internship, your counterpart got picked to join the company over you, when it clearly seemed like you’ve got a great shot at the company.
What went wrong?
You were a task machine
You complete the tasks assigned to you, and you do so on time, no questions asked. Your managers are happy with the work and everything is great.
For starters, you’re definitely a great manager pleaser! But if you’re looking to grow beyond the role, you will too have to go above and beyond your job. Managers want employees who can not only meet expectations, but to exceed them and to think quickly on their feet - that’s what makes you an asset.
You didn’t voice out enough
Besides just striking work off your to-do lists, have you thought about how you can add value to the mundane day-to-day tasks? Have you been asking enough questions or making additional contributions to your work?
If there’s a particular report that you’re working on, don’t just complete and submit it. Talk about it - is there an upward or downward trend you’re spotting? Why is that so? How can you make the report better?
Every move of yours is being scrutinised by your manager, whether you’re aware of it or not
You’re not trying to fit into the team
How you gel with your colleagues is also a crucial part of the consideration process that managers observe when deciding whether to hire you or not. You may be a super-intern, but your ability to get along with your colleagues, or the lack of it, can strip you of the chance to join the company. Don’t be another face in the company, strive to be remembered!
Your full-time colleagues may not always get to know you on a personal-level given their hectic work schedules, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make that effort to build a rapport with them. You can have lunch with them or even accept their invitations for some after work drinks or weekend activities.
No one knew you wanted to stay
For the most part, an internship is the easiest way to land a full-time career for a graduate. But that’s not a always a guarantee. If you joined the company with the intention to stay for good, make it known from the start, at your interview and throughout your stint.
Additionally, don’t stop excelling in your role. All of that will accelerate your place in your manager’s consideration process.
Still not getting hired? Keep your chin up
There can be other factors affecting hiring decisions including company budgets, headcounts and the economic conditions. This makes landing a full-time job a hustle and more.
Rejection is a tough pill to swallow, but you need to keep your chin up. You are likely to face even more of them in your career life. Knowing how to handle them well is a skillset on its own that will mould you into a sharper professional and a tougher cookie all around.
Keep in touch with hiring managers and express your interest in joining the company should the opportunity arise. In the meantime, don’t stop improving skills by taking up other internship or job opportunities that can add to your CV.