12 reasons you were rejected

     Nothing hurts more than a rejection. And what hurts even more is when you don't know why were you rejected. You had the right set of experience and skills and still didn't get the job? Made a good impression in front of interviewers but still rejected? To be honest, no interviewer gets paid to reject applicants, they are just finding the right person to fill a vacancy. It often happens that a candidate has a good resume, passed one/two rounds of interviews, started to like 'expected future' bosses and co-workers, but still in the end, couldn't quite pull it off to secure a job.

    You could be rejected for a number of reasons, some you can control, others you cannot. Here are 12 common reasons, which are mostly in your control. It could be that your rejection was caused by any of these reasons. Find out what was the reason behind your rejection, look deep into the reasons and think.

    1. Bad references
    It could be that some other candidate (having similar qualifications/skills to you) proved to be a better networker. Employers sometimes prefer applicants with references rather than someone who doesn't so as to minimize risk. Make your references strong so as to be on the safe side. 2nd, make sure your references are as reliable as you think they are. It should tell truthfully good things about you. It is a good idea to speak to your references once before you put them on your resume. That way you will kind of seek their permission to included them on your resume and also be assure of their support.

    2. Failure to establish your worth
    If an applicant seeks his/her personal benefits in the job and focuses on 'what is in it for me?', then definitely that person won't be able to pull off the interview. What you need to know is that the employer is only interested in knowing what you are prepared to offer their organization.

    3. Poor appearance
    Mismatched in terms of how others are dressed can lead to a bad impression on your part. The hiring managers would look for candidates that are dressed formally and not wearing ornaments or carrying devices/gadgets or unnecessary stuff along with them that would cause distraction. Remember, the interviewers can reject an applicant before he/she even starts to speak, just because of poor appearance. To be precise, take shower, wear ironed clothes, comb your hair, and use a deodorant. Make sure you carry a folder with a copy of your resume (even if you have submitted already), a blank paper to take notes and a pen. Do not crack jokes, and say politically incorrect things.

    4. Lacking Interpersonal skills
    This includes dealing with other people face-to-face and the language and tone that you use to express your opinion on matters. At times, shyness and nervousness often seeps in and you experience difficulties in expressing yourself. Try practicing in front of a mirror or talking with a friend to identify areas where you might have to work.

    5. Lack of Preparation/Homework
    When you go for a job interview, always research about the organization (like its culture, values, mission & vision statements, customer complaints) and also try to look up common interview questions and prepare their answers in your head. Beside general questions make sure you also have answers to technical questions they may ask. Go through your notes or even books for that matter if you have too.

    6. Speaking bad regarding previous employers
    It is better to not let negativity out in front of your interviewer! Whatever issues you might've had with your former employees, there is absolutely no need to discuss them with your hiring manager. This may render your image badly in front of the interviewer and might get you rejected on some point. If you're looking to discuss your previous job, you can talk in such a way that projects your image as someone who is 'looking for opportunities' rather than being a 'refugee'.

    7. Vague future goals
    Hiring managers are interested in knowing what their new employees are aiming to become. This pushes them emotionally to ponder over your application and think about you when comparing with other applicants. Also, it creates a positive impression that the candidate is sure as to what he/she wants to become in life.

    8. Failure to sell yourself
    Focus should be on presenting yourself well and kind of 'tooting your own horn'. It often sounds weird talking good about yourself but this is perhaps the only way your interviewer would get to know your achievements and what sort of a person you actually are. It is better to ask a few questions with the interviewer regarding the job so as to exhibit your interest for the job.

    9. Applied for wrong job
    Apply for jobs according to education, and experience. Don't just apply for the sake of applying, or to see what happens. It can have a negative impression on you and unknowingly you may closed door on you for future vacancies. Invest few precious minutes of your time and modify your resume and cover letter a bit according to job you are applying for.

    10. You are over/under qualified
    Last but not least, make sure you read the job requirements before you apply. It is widely observed that applicants blatantly ignore the job description and requirements. Save yourself the time and the mental stress of dealing with hundreds of rejections or no replies. Instead think and focus on jobs you really fit in, and if you are slightly over or under qualified, then mention it in your cover letter and explain why you think they should hire you.

    11. Cancellation/Revision of the Job
    As per a study, it has been found that around 10 percent of job vacancies are actually never filled. This could be because organizations find different ways of 'getting the job done' by shifting around responsibilities or revising their decision of hiring employees. Some organizations often resort to outsourcing non-core activities.

    It could also be that the employer faced a financial problem in the meantime and he thought of going for a 'cheaper hire' or maybe changed the criteria that somehow made you disqualified.

    12. Internal hiring
    Hiring existing employees of the organization is very usual and risk-free on the employer's part as existing employees have already been working in their environment and are familiar with their working practices/norms and culture. So, current employees have a better chance of filling up that space which may leave other applicants ignored.

    In conclusion, one may actually never get to know why he/she was rejected for a job. Sometimes, one may give their best and still go unnoticed by the interviewer for some reason. Keep trying and never lose hope –the rejection is not permanent! But it is essential for you to remember that being rejected often is better for you in some way; what lies ahead is simply a mystery.

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