Here is a question I am sure everyone has heard a countless number of times: Do candidates who are qualified for the position get hired, or candidates with the better personality get hired?
In my experience thus far as a recruiter, I have noticed a little bit of both. Some of our clients barely look at a resume and solely base the interview off of the content the candidate is telling them. If the candidate went to the University of Texas and so did the hiring manager...poof! However, I have also seen some clients turn down resumes because we are giving them candidates who do not meet every single requirement but us recruiters think they will match the companies personality (culture).
It can be very tricky as a recruiter to recruit for positions that you know are solely based on either personality or qualifications. I guess that just means we need to recruit harder and find an equal balance on both sides. HA! So quick word of advice to all job seekers out there: Show interest and spunk in an interview and make sure you have done your research on the position you are interviewing for and what the job duties will entail. It really isn't a "tough world out there", if you just put some time and effort into your interview process. Show your passion. And if you don't end up getting hired at that certain company-- I'm sure in the long run it really was not a good fit anyway.