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Top 30 Reasons Applicants Are Rejected

Top 30 Reasons Applicants Are Rejected

Compiled by Weber & Company

Applicants are frequently rejected because of the following:

  • Too interested in starting salary
  • Uncertainty of wants in job/career or long-range goals
  • Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited, "know-it-all"
  • Inability to express self clearly -- poor voice, diction, grammar
  • Lack of interest and enthusiasm - passive, indifferent
  • Lack of confidence and poise - nervousness, ill-at-ease
  • Poor scholastic record - just got by
  • Unwillingness to start at the bottom - expects too much too soon
  • Makes excuses - evasiveness, hedges on unfavorable factors in records
  • Lack of tact
  • Condemnation of past employers
  • Lack of maturity
  • Lack of courtesy - ill-mannered
  • Lack of vitality
  • Fails to look interviewer in the eye
  • Handshake
  • Unhappy married life
  • Friction with parents
  • Merely shopping around
  • Little sense of humor
  • No interest in company or industry
  • Emphasis on whom he/she knows
  • Cynical
  • Lazy
  • Narrow interests
  • Inability to take criticism
  • Lack of appreciation of the value of experience
  • Late to interview
  • Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time
  • Fails to ask questions about the job

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