Reasons People Don’t Get the Job


Have you ever been in an interview and received only a thundering silence from the prospective employer, or maybe a “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”. Rejection is definitely part of the process. There are many factors that can prevent you from getting a job offer and here are some very obvious ones to watch out for: Lack of poise, poor presentation, lack of self-confidence, timidity, hesitant approach, arrogance, conceit…no employer wants these characteristics on the team; lack of enthusiasm and interest, no evidence of initiative, or an apparent lack of goals and ambition show a low level of preparedness. Poor personal appearance and careless dress can demonstrate poor judgment.

Here are some more to avoid:

  • Unrealistic salary demands, more interest in salary than opportunity, or unrealistic about promotion to top jobs.
  • Inability to express ideas or poor speech habits.
  • A lack of maturity or no leadership potential demonstrated.
  • A lack of preparation for the interview and a failure to get information about the employer and therefore unable to ask relevant questions.
  • A lack of interest in the employer and the type of job available or an attitude of “What can you do for me?”