Why You Didn't Get the Job? 10 Common Job Rejection Reasons You Should Know About

You thought you hit the ball out of the park during the interview, but you are yet to hear from the recruiter. You're not alone. According to Jobvite Recruitment Benchmark Report, on average, 250 candidates apply for a job, out of which only 10 are taken through a telephonic screening. Of these 10, about 4-5 meet the recruiter, and finally, only one receives an offer. So, effectively, 249 applicants face job rejection. Do you think your candidature has the X-factor to be the one that gets the offer? 

Often, we live in our heads with the belief that our resume contains the maximum power words, has the most visual appeal, our persona and body language is impeccable, our responses to the interview questions ticking all the right boxes. But are these beliefs based on facts? Let us analyze and identify the probable job rejection reasons. 

1. One-Type-Fits-All Resume and Impersonal Application

Do you customize your resume according to the open position every time you apply? Do you make efforts to find out the name of the recruiter to include in your cover letter? If you answer 'No' to both questions, your application is likely to be trashed. A one-type-fits-all resume will not carry the key skills listed in the job description of the position you are applying for. Since most companies these days have an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in place, your resume will not even be viewed by a human unless it matches the keywords for the job. So, there is your top job rejection reason to tailor your resume for each job application you make.

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2. Under or Overqualified, Exaggerating Experience

Did you ensure that you truly meet all the criteria listed in the job requirement? Do you have sufficient experience to handle the role? If you do not, your application will be discarded by the ATS. And, in case you chose to exaggerate in your resume, it will come back to bite you hard. 

Recruiters always run background checks on shortlisted candidates for any discrepancies in qualifications and experience. When your lie is exposed, you can forget about any future chances of employment with the particular recruiter.

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3. Social Media Bloopers

A balanced social media presence is essential in the current professional environment. Exhibition of discriminatory opinions, inappropriate photographs, and vent-post regarding past employer or position will brand you unemployable. In a CareerBuilder study, it has been revealed that 70% of recruiters run a social media check on candidates, and 57% are not inclined to interview candidates with no online presence. Are you mindful of what you post or how you engage on social media?

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4. Inappropriate or Untidy Appearance

Let's say you were interviewing in a startup company that has a comfortable dress code in place, and you appear for the interview in a full suit, tie included. You would be considered too uptight, a cultural misfit for the company. In addition to inappropriate attire or frumpy clothes, unpolished shoes, disheveled hair, bad breath, etc., create a messy first impression. Trust us when we say your appearance makes or breaks the deal with the hiring manager in the first few seconds of the interview.

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5. Poor Body Language

Unknown to you, the way you walk through the door, your grip during the customary handshake, your posture during the interview communicates loads about your personality. 67% of recruiters would brand you unsuccessful if you fail to make eye contact. Being aware of your body language will help you control undesirable non-verbal cues that reveal disinterest, lack of sincerity, conviction, and confidence.

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6. Lack of Good Communication Skills

Recruiters despise candidates who talk too much and tries to get too familiar during an interview. It is a good idea to build a personal rapport with the interviewer, but please know where to draw the line. Also, you need to take care to eliminate grammatical errors when you speak. Remember that excessive use of verbal fillers and swearing can be damaging to your communication skills grading at the interview.

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7. Vague Responses, Avoiding Questions

Vague responses to questions during the interview, unsophisticated answers, answers not supported by figures or examples, avoiding answering tricky questions – the sum of all these mistakes is your failure in demonstrating your knowledge, experience, and capabilities in front of the interviewer. This can lead to interview rejection. Answer honestly, with enthusiasm, and show that you are deserving of the job.

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8. Unrealistic Career Goals and Job Expectations

Most likely, during the interview, you were asked about your career goals and expectations from the open position. Now, let's say you are a fresher, and you state that your goal is to be the Chief Marketing Officer of a corporate giant. This is not a feasible scenario, and despite getting credit for being ambitious, you wouldn't cut the mark simply for being unrealistic. So, it is best to align your career goals with the organizational goals you are applying to and set job expectations after studying the industry standards.

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9. Early Discussion or Questions About Salary/Benefits

Did you make the grave mistake of jumping the gun and asking about salary and benefits even before the interviewer was done with his questions? It is best to sell yourself first to demonstrate your excitement to work with the organization and convince the interviewer that you are the best fit before moving on to salary questions. Think along these lines, timing your salary query too early in the interview shows compensation as your sole motivation and not the experience to be gained.

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10. No Post-Interview Thank You Note, or Too Frequent Follow-UPS for Updates

A simple thank you note addressed to the recruiter a day after the interview helps keep your candidature on top of the pile. It also shows how deeply invested you are in the position. Having said that, do not go overboard with your follow-ups. You can send a short note once, a week after the date the recruiter said will revert to you with a decision, and finally, another note requesting feedback if you do not receive the offer.

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