Job Rejection: Weak Handshake, Fumbling Could Be A Reason

Nearly 70% of candidates have been rejected in their job interviews at some point in their career.


The most challenging assignment for a candidate in their career progression is the ‘job interview.’ Believe it or not but this part either makes you or breaks you. Any common or silly mistake cost a lot, but they can also be avoided by any serious career aspirant during interview.

According to a study by TimesJobs, nearly 70% of candidates have been rejected in their job interviews at some point in their career. Of these 60% says they were rejected because of non-verbal reasons and more than a half, due to verbal reasons.

The non-verbal reasons include displaying signs of being disinterested during interview (40%), failure for making eye contact (32%) and late coming for attending interview (32%) prompt the candidates to fail in the interview. Not dressing up properly through the process is also one reason (25%) while 10% said they were told that their weak handshake and bad sitting posture did their interview a disaster.

Parallelly, the verbal rejections occurs mainly due to fumbling in the interview for nearly about 40% candidates and while 30% said they talked too frequently during the course of time. About 25% of job seekers said their lack of knowledge about the company caused their failure while for 15% rejection was faced due to badmouthing about the previous employer.

Talking about the ways to ace the interview follows from person to person. It is necessary to have a due preparation before appearing for the interview in a very scrupulous manner. 

 Carrying a proper investigation into the company's culture and interview methods can encourage one to impress. It is equally important to have a clear assessment of one’s own skills and competencies.

Always try to reach early at the interview, give enough time to adapt yourself with your surroundings and to make yourself comfortable. This also eliminates the chance of getting stuck in traffic or any factor responsible to squander the opportunity.

Confidence is the biggest virtue, but not over-confidence. In an attempt to be overly aware and knowledgeable about data or facts brought up in an interview, one might end up speaking more than required or provide incorrect facts. If countered the most ideal approach in this scenario is to politely apologize for the error and admit being misinformed.

Don’t show victimization. Nothing could be more unwelcoming than listening to an interviewee make excuses for performance/behavior and accuse co-workers/boss, more like playing blame games.

At the times like this, everyone is losing their jobs for one reason or another, or mainly due to the pandemic. Instead of carrying the baggage of rejection start approaching each new job opportunity with a fresh perspective and positive attitude.

It’s extremely likely that your confidence may take a hit when you get a rejection, so it’s important to work hard at keeping your morale and motivation levels buoyant.

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