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Barriers to Employment

Why You Might Not Get Called Back After the Interview

A placement office of a major university lists the 50 reasons that are most frequently given by employers for turning down job applicants. As you read the reasons for rejection given below, ask yourself how you would rate in relation to each.

  1. Poor personal appearance.
  2. Overbearing, over-aggressive, conceited, with superiority.
  3. Inability to express self clearly, poor voice, diction, grammar.
  4. Lack of planning for career, no purpose or goals.
  5. Lack of interest and enthusiasm, passive and indifferent.
  6. Lack of confidence and poise, nervous, lack of self-belief.
  7. Failure to participate in activities.
  8. Over-emphasis on money; interested only in best dollar offers.
  9. Poor scholastic record; just got by.
  10. Unwilling to start at the bottom; expects too much too soon.
  11. Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record.
  12. Lack of tact.
  13. Lack of maturity.
  14. Lack of courtesy, ill mannered.
  15. Condemnation of past employers.
  16. Lack of social understanding.
  17. Marked dislikes for schoolwork.
  18. Lack of vitality.
  19. Failure to look interviewer in the eyes when conversing.
  20. Limp, fishy handshake.
  21. Indecision.
  22. Loafs during vacations.
  23. Unhappy married life.
  24. Friction with parents.
  25. Sloppy application, left blank.