Top 7 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job (and No One Will Ever Tell You Why)

Why You Didn’t Get The Job Dozens of interviews and no job offers? To stay jobless after striving with multiple entrance tests and interviews is the toughest (perhaps the most embarrassing) thing you might ever experience!

You already nailed the interview, replied all types of questions, told the engaged stories, asked insightful questions and dressed up in the most impressive manner. However, the companies pay back your all-out performance with disappointing results in the form of rejection emails or no response at all.

Why? What’s wrong with you? You will be wondering why but unfortunately, companies won’t say much. They frequently end up with a fairly generic statement like “sorry, another candidate was much more qualified than you” or “We will consider your resume for future suitable positions”. Such responses cannot answer your curiosity, can they?

Don’t give up and check these top 10 reasons why you didn’t get the job and prepare for your next interview!

1. You’re not qualified

If you have been going for interviews, and none accepts you, the problem is most likely with you. Keep in mind that companies would certainly not choose candidates with a lack of qualifications and expertise, as this would bring about a significant loss for them in terms of expenses, times and effort.

Instead of looking for the highest salary offer, it is better to find a job that your skills, expertise and real passion. Remember, as your capability increases, the salary raise will always follow.

2. Incomplete applications

Reflect in your mind, did you sent the complete application as what the company expects? Detail matters such as dates of availability, employment history and accurate salary information might be crucial for some companies. If you did not mention them in the application letter, they could be your red flags that lead to your failure.

3. Resume issues

The HR might be too busy to compile the multiple resumes on their desks and select only the best to interview. They tend to look for the keywords present in the resume for quicker selection.

Is your resume well organised? Did you put the most important and relevant content near the top? Is it clear how you value-add in your previous jobs, internships, academic projects and volunteer work? If you aren’t answering ‘yes’ to all, you need to regroup and prepare a new resume from scratch.

4. Cover letter issue

Similar to the resume issues, a cover letter helps increase your chances to be accepted for a job position. Is it of a unproportionate length? Did you make it clear that you possessed the desired skills, experience and knowledge to get the job done?

Also, are you sure that your cover letter and resume are both error-free and well-written? If unsure, get a friend to check and proofread them!

5. References statement

If you were asked to provide employment references, make sure that they are going to give you a good recommendation instead of bringing your reputation down as companies do contact them before the interview.

6. Bad mouthing about the previous job/employers

There is nothing quicker to be weeded out from a job competition than bad mouthing. Whether your former boss was so annoying and you still can’t forgive him/her, or you feel that your colleagues hindered your work processes, keep it in your mind.

7. Failure to sell ‘You’

Time has changed, and the strict competition requires you to be capable of selling yourself! Be confident to express your skills, achievements and experiences that will benefit the job position to convince the hiring team.

To be confident is great, but don’t be over your head! Humans always have weaknesses, but some of them can turn into a positive challenge, that’s what companies expect from the candidates, indeed!

To fail in getting your desired job would significantly bring you down but it doesn’t matter how many times you are being rejected, take it as a learning experience. Try to execute the 7 things above for your next job application! Good luck! 


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