10 reasons why you are possibly NOT getting a job offer

It’s Monday, the start of a brand new week and a brand new topic for #jobmailtipofteday. This week we’re exploring 10 reasons why you are possibly NOT getting a job offer, on our social profiles, so make sure that you keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram.

Does it feel like you’ve had hundreds of job interviews and no job offers? Are you too old, too young, over/under-qualified, have bad ITC, too desperate or just out of luck? Are hiring managers just not seeing that you’re the best person for the job?

Employment RejectedThe truth is, if you’re getting rejected time after time for jobs that you are qualified for, the problem is most likely with you and how you are presenting yourself either in writing (your CV) or verbally (in the interview). Hiring managers and recruiters don’t get paid to reject people. Their job is to find qualified people to fill vacancies.

10 reasons why you are possibly NOT getting a job offer:

1. You’re not qualified for the position – Too many times, due to desperation or belief that you do not need a qualification to learn how to do the job, people apply for jobs that they are not qualified to do. A qualification is requested for a reason and most of the time, employers do not have the time to teach you, it is easier to hire someone who already knows what needs to be done.

2. You may lack enthusiasm. – This could be due to various reasons:
a. Your self-confidence has taken a knock
b. You are unprepared for the interview
c. You have randomly applied for positions and you’re not quite sure what position you are interviewing for or you may lack interpersonal skills – on paper you may look great, but face to face you fail the test. If there is any hint that you may not get along with other members of the team, it’s a deal killer. Suppress your desire to say anything that would suggest that you’re weak in the area of interpersonal skills.

3. Failure to establish your worth to the prospective employer (i.e you have not sold yourself properly).

4. Bad mouthing previous employers – If you’re a regular reader of the Job Mail Blog, you should be aware of the dangers of doing this.

5. Poor personal appearance.

6. Revealing your weaknesses will usually end your chances of getting a job offer. The hiring manager’s job is to determine the candidate’s weaknesses. He or she will do this by asking tough interview questions that you must be prepared to answer without revealing your weaknesses.

Practice answering the question: “Can you tell me about one of your weaknesses and what you are doing to improve it?” Take it one step further and decide what you will say when the interviewer asks you for three weaknesses that you are working on. There is a 99% chance that you will be asked this question in some form.

7. Your references didn’t support what you said. It’s important to have relevant references on your CV and they should verify what you say in the interview.

8. Your job goals were unclear. Employers are not interested in hiring people who don’t know what they want to do.

9. You were evasive – You answered questions that mattered poorly or inaccurately or you avoided them altogether.

10. You’re asking for too much money.

Here are 3 reasons why you didn’t get the job that you CAN’T Control:

1. They hired someone who already worked there – Many times companies advertise externally but end up hiring someone internally. Most companies prefer to hire internally as the person already knows the company and fits into the company culture. Yes, it sucks but it happens.

2. Someone else was better in the interview. Sometimes it comes down to the “chemistry” between the interviewer and interviewee.

3. Internal complications ended the opportunity.

If you didn’t get appointed because of one of these reasons, don’t be too hard on yourself, it happens. Every time you get rejected you’ll learn and become stronger.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why you may not be getting a job offer. Reality is that you will probably never know what happened. If they filled the position with someone else, perhaps that person had advantages no one could overcome, or perhaps they asked better questions in the interview or gave better answers.

These 10 reasons are among the most likely. Regardless of the reason, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you avoid anything that would prevent you from moving forward in the interview process.

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43 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Hi, I have been for interviews and no luck

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Don’t give up Dan. School yourself on how to answer interview questions correctly, there are a few articles on this blog and hundreds that you can read online that can help you. Hope you find employment soon!

  2. Isaac says:

    This article has been very helpful, I am currently working for the inferior position to the one I am qualified for and now with the help of this tips I now know where and how to improve myself.
    Great stuff!

  3. Pricilla says:

    I have been applying and I’ve never been called for an interview. Why don’t employers employ people who are blacklisted because they want to pay off their debts?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Pricilla – If you apply for a position, follow up with the recruiter. Some of them receive up to 700 applications for a single position. If you don’t get a call back within 14 days, assume that you did not get the job and move forward. If you’re applying for a position in the Financial Sector or for a job where you’ll be working with many, being Blacklisted will count against you, it won’t matter in other fields

  4. Ndou Joseph says:

    I have been called for many interviews , but renumeration package wich was advertised is not de, especially after you passed interviews, lot of stories happened, what a disapointment for a jobseeker.

  5. caezer says:

    I have been applying, but I have never been called back to come interview. Can anyone help me please?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Thanks for your feedback. Once you have applied, follow up with the recruiter and ask them about the status of your application. Some recruiters get up to 700 applications for one position, so they might not notice your application immediately. You have to be pro-active when you’re job hunting. If you don’t get a call back within 14 days, you can assume that you did not get the job and move on to the next position. Hope you find employment soon!

  6. nicole says:

    I have been applying for jobs and I had an interview on Friday, they said they will phone me today and they still did not contact me I contacted them but no answer I asume that the company is closed or i didn’t get the job what should i do?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      The company is mostly likely closed for the year end. Try contacting them again via e-mail or phone. If you don’t get hold of them, move on to the next position

  7. terrance says:

    i have been applying for some posts and no call for any interview since or isit because i dnt have an experience.
    Thou i am looking for apprenticeships, learnerships or internships or a training but nothing still even after so many applications , what might be the cause of my not call ups?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Have a look at your CV, change the format, ensure the spelling is correct and the quality is good. If you can, have a professional CV writer look at your CV and make suggestions.

  8. victoria says:

    Hi

    What I like about gmail is when you place an email as a spam its blocked the sender from sending you,but you will see those emails in your mail spam box just to see that they sent it’, in no time you won’t receive them unless you click to read it.

  9. zodwa says:

    Iv been appliyng to many post but i dnt ivin get a reply, does dt mean s d cause of itc, vry dissappointed rite, i jst need help

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Have a look at your CV, change the format, ensure the spelling is correct and the quality is good. If you can, have a professional CV writer look at your CV and make suggestions.

  10. Nomfundo says:

    Good morning
    I have been applying bt no luck. Not even one call for interview. Please can you help

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Have a look at your CV, change the format, ensure the spelling is correct and the quality is good. If you can, have a professional CV writer look at your CV and make suggestions.

  11. Mkateko says:

    Hello I have been applying for a very long time now it seems like companies don’t hire people from. FET college I need experience, I have N5 in civil engineering no luck.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Have you registered your CV on Job Mail? That would be the first step. Then look for jobs that you are capable of doing and apply. Keep applying, do not give up.

  12. Hoosien says:

    I’ve been applying for jobs but there’s no response it atmost 5days now still no luck what should I do.

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Hoosien. Keep on applying for work opportunities that you qualify for, do not give up. Give the businesses to which you applied a chance to go through all the CVs received.

      It should benefit you to send follow-up e-mail to inquire the status.

      Good luck!

  13. godfrey says:

    I have N3 and carried a trade test but I’m not working can you tell me if I don’t qualify since last year I have never received any response via jobmail , what do I have to do

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Godfrey – Ideally you should be following up with recruiters once you have applied for positions. Some recruiters receive up to 700 applications for a single position, so they might not notice yours right away. You have to be pro-active. If you don’t get feedback in 14 days, assume that you did not get the job and move forward.

  14. Nicola says:

    Hi, I have changed and updated my cv numerous times, have got my matric with distinctions, am studying towards a ‘high quality’ qualification at a well known varsity and have been applying for jobs for over 2 years now. I have had around 6 interviews in total for numerous positions and my follow ups on those interviews got me ‘you’re to young’, ‘you’re not qualified enough’, ‘you’re over qualified’, ‘you’re not young enough’ and I’m sure that there was one that I didn’t get because I was not the right ethnicity. One interview I felt like ‘this is the one’ and then my phone rang and the people interviewing told the recruitment people that I answered my phone during the interview when I didn’t, it rang, I said ‘excuse me, my appologies’ and switched it off. Since then I have applied to many many many others but no responses. The only responses I get are the emails in grey writing asking me to fax all my stuff to a fax to email number. Now I know that there are scams going on so I refuse to fax anything. I really am at a loss as to what to do other than quit my job at the moment and go for vollunteer work. But does that leave me and my bills? Is there anything that I can try or do??

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Nicola – Ideally you should be following up with recruiters once you have applied for positions. Some recruiters receive up to 700 applications for a single position, so they might not notice yours right away. You have to be pro-active. If you don’t get feedback in 14 days, assume that you did not get the job and move forward. Alternatively, look for part time jobs that you can do to build up experience. If you’re good at one of the part time job, chances are that you may get appointed permanently after a few months. Hope you find employment soon!

  15. kgaogelo Ramahlodi says:

    I’ve been going through this page Jobmail,an sending were possible but there’s no reply I don’t know what’s wrong,I remember last year I’ve been sending my thing there were saying that send your documents to be contacted for an interview but there’s no luck

  16. Tebogo says:

    Thanks for this advice. .

  17. oageng says:

    Hi! I am not working currently and I have been applying for countless position but with no luck .I am also confused that is ither is a format of my cv or comapanies don’t hire gradtuate from FET college pls help?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Oageng – You’ll have to review your CV, make sure that it’s up to standard. Also remember to follow up with recruiters once you have applied. Some of them might not notice your application because they get up to 700 applications for a single position.

  18. nomthando says:

    I have been applying for jobs since 2013 and all I get are the contract jobs but what I need is a full time permanent job with benefits. how can I ensure that I am getting this through my application process.i apply but I do not get called for interviews only for the temporal jobs.i need to start my career.please help!

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Nomthando – You should be following up with recruiters once you have applied. Some recruiters get up to 700 applications for a single position so they might not notice your application immediately. If you don’t get feedback after 14 days, assume that you did not get the job and move forward. Hope you find employment soon!

  19. Mzokhona says:

    Kruger, last year in October I had applied for the job through jobmail for the company that was in Jhb, they sent a reply that I got the job I have to come for an interview and they sent me a contract to fill and I filled it and sent it with my licence, Id copies and in late December I got a call from Absa bank that I didn’t pay the instalment for my car that I had bought in Midrand and I was confused bcause I am in pmb n I don’t know how they managed to do that.

  20. Tiyani says:

    Hi,I recently received a message in my email that I should fax my CV,cover letter,reference letters and a photo. I’m worried about a photo. What’s the reason for a recruiter to wanna see my photo? What’s the significance of a recruiter seeing my photo before they actually meet me in person?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Tiyani – They want to see if you fit into their company’s professional profile. That’s usually the reason they want a photo from you.

  21. ealanda says:

    Hi I’m an enrolled nurse I’v been applying but no call for interview or anything. I’m even thinking maybe I’m in a wrong agency,do you help nurses as well?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Ealanda – We are not an agency, we are a job portal. We post job adverts, we don’t train candidates 🙂

  22. Rob says:

    I have been going for interviews and I have been messed around by a lot of employment agencies and companies. In the past 3 years I have gone for 4 interviews and got 4 jobs but turned them down/withdrew up application because they always offered me a lower salary than what I was earning or just slightly more – R1000 extra, and I just feel that its not worth my while to move just for R1000. I know of people who have moved for double their salary and I read in another article that job hunters should never move for any thing less than a R3000 increase in salary (I’m not sure if this is true). Any advice?

  23. NTOBEKO says:

    I am struggling to open an account with job mail. After completing the first stage and having filled in All the necessary details ;the moment I try to submit and move on to the next stage ; all the fed information just disappears. I have tried registering more than 30 times ;please help me ;I want to be a part of the job mail family.

  24. mongezi says:

    Hi.I hv been applying since april this year 4 ICT job , I dnt get calls for interview only get de email says yo application is succesfull after dat no call jst nothing dnt knw wats wrong maybe z de way I apply or z my CV format or what ,don’t knw wats must I do now plz help

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Mongezi – Make sure that your CV is up to date and that there are no spelling mistakes / grammatical errors. Follow up with recruiters once you have applied. Find out what the status of your application is. If you don’t hear back from them within 14 days you can assume you did not get the job and move forward. Hope you find employment soon!

  25. Moira Fox says:

    Any advice for older people seeking employment? Highly proficient PA / Secretary in both commercial field and legal. I am 64 and previous company liquidated. Have responded to literally hundreds of advertised posts. Employers just don’t seem to look past the age and consider that a constraint.

  26. Gift says:

    From the pre-job I applied for, I had to do IQ test online. I know they trying to test my skills but IQ is not fair at all. You are not given enough time to think, and the system automatically kick you off when it done. Sometimes you get Internet connection problems and you don’t complete on time. That’s how I failed. 🙁

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