Common reasons for not getting the job

Common reasons employers give for rejecting candidates include:

  • Inappropriate appearance
  • Arriving late
  • Appearing disorganised
  • Poor communication skills
  • Lack of insight into the organisation or job
  • Lack of energy or enthusiasm
  • No clear career aim
  • Over familiarity
  • A defensive attitude
  • Criticism of school/past employers
  • A tendency to make excuses and blame others
  • Coming across as only interested in what they can get out of the organisation
  • A lack of confidence
  • Poor references
But remember, there are always more candidates than jobs


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