By NourYounis, InternsME


Still feeling down about your last job rejection e-mail? It might take time to heal your ego, but it’s important to stay focused and know where things went wrong – basically, learn from your mistakes!

Job rejections happen for many different reasons: some related to you, and others have absolutely nothing to do with you!

Some obvious rejections are based on you being overqualified for a position, where the employer thinks that you might find the job boring. Or it could even be that you’re under qualified. These are two things you can’t fix on the spot.

Other reasons for rejection that you can avoid:

Long and boring CVs

According to a study, recruiters spend only 6 SECONDS reviewing an individual’s resume. So if you think a 60 second video resume wasn’t enough to impress, think again!

Incomplete applications

When an application clearly states that you need, say, a video resume or to complete an external form and you think: ohh, my resume is enough! You’re obviously not going to be at the top of their list with the people that completed everything they were asked for.

Too late!

Being late for an interview is probably one of the worst things you could do to yourself! It gives a terrible first impression, and you will be rejected. If you are running late, be sure to give a courtesy call informing the employer.

Inability to relate

A CV that says you have 5 years’ experience in a field might get you an interview, but your inability to relate all your skills to the position you’re being interviewed for will definitely not get you the job. If you’re a student or fresh grad, your course work and extracurricular activities count as experience.

Side tracking

Bragging about how great the company is, and how you’re going to benefit from it says one thing: Great, you’ve done your research. It’s not as impressive as some people might think. You need to remember that the employer has needs just as much as you do.

Remember to brag about what you can bring to the table. After all, they are hiring you to get a job done.

Grammar Police!

It’s easier to spot the mistakes than it is to spot the goodies on a resume. With poor grammar and spelling on your CV, you’re drastically decreasing your chances of landing an interview.

Lack of enthusiasm

You might be fully capable of handling the job, but if you’re an old grouch that doesn’t show enthusiasm or excitement about whatever it is you’re being interviewed for… Yeah, no one wants negativity.

Irrelevant Cover letters

So you’re applying for the social media manager role? Ohh, and you’re applying for a client servicing role? Ohh AND you’re using the same cover letter? Yeah, that will definitely get you a rejection.Cover letters are important, and should be personalised for every job.

Asking the wrong questions

You want to go on vacation in two months’ time? That’s great! Making that obvious to an employer by asking how soon you’ll be able to take leave: not the best idea.The questions you ask reflect what’s on your mind, so you really want to watch what kind of questions you ask.

Being unprepared

Got an interview with your dream employer? Congratulations!! Didn’t read the job description before you went? Oh… Didn’t research the company? Oh… Yeah, that’s definitely not going to be on your side!

Bottom line is: There’s always room for improvement. Stay positive, and don’t give up!