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Why do I keep getting rejected after job interviews?

Wondering why you can’t land a job? Check out the most common reasons interviewers reject candidates to help improve your performance.

Why do I keep getting rejected after job interviews?

Rejection is a common part of any job search process. On average, most people need to go through 2 or 3 interviews before landing a job offer. But what if you’ve had no success after the third, fourth or even fifth interview and are still getting rejected?! If you keep getting rejected after job interviews, you may very well need to assess yourself and change something in your technique.

Use today’s blog to help you overcome common interview mistakes and find a job.

  • Arriving late
  • Underprepared
  • Lacking confidence and poor communication
  • Being too long-winded
  • Not asking any questions
  • Too inexperienced

Common interview mistakes to avoid

Arriving late

Arriving late to an interview is a sure way to fast-track your rejection. It’s a simple task that everyone should nail. If you can’t show up to your interview on time, the hiring manager will naturally question how you’re going to manage carrying out simple tasks at work. So be sure to map out your route in advance, and leave early to allow for traffic jams!


Preparation is an absolute must for any interview. No matter how much of a smooth talker you are, no amount of chat can cover up a lack of preparation. Candidates who don’t understand the company mission, products and values are far less likely to succeed in an interview than those who have done the research. If you haven’t prepared answers to the most common interview questions, this will also hinder your chances of success!

Lacking confidence and poor communication

You could come across as lacking confidence if you don’t make eye contact, have closed body language, or don’t speak clearly. But coming across as confident is key to your interview success. Interviewers will worry that you won’t fit in if you’re unable to communicate effectively in the interview. So no matter what, speak with a smile and don’t let your voice shake!

Being too long-winded

One of the most frustrating things for interviewers is when candidates divert from the question or take too long to get to the point. Remember, you’re limited with the amount of time you have in an interview, so choose your words wisely and be sure to answer the question at hand.

Not asking any questions

Not asking any questions in an interview is a red flag for the hiring manager. They want to see you’re engaged and are curious to find out more about the role. If you don’t think of good questions to ask the interviewer, they’ll assume you’re not passionate about working for them. So be sure to prepare plenty of questions (between 5 -10 is usually a good number) in advance.

Too inexperienced

Sometimes you can’t help it if other candidates are more experienced or skilled than you, right? But what you can do is show just how passionate you are about working for this company. Sometimes passion speaks louder than skill, and employers will decide to hire the person who shows more interest in the position, rather than the more experienced person. The next time you have an interview, don’t leave without reiterating to the interviewer just how interested you are in the position!

Take the lead

If you’re getting rejected from interviews, try to keep your chin up! Most job seekers will face rejection at some stage in their job hunt. But the main thing is that you keep analysing your performance and work on improving your interview technique!

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