1. You’re not applying to enough jobs

Some people are lucky and apply to one (or a few) job(s) and get it, but I always suggest sending out 50–100+ job applications a day to reel in interviews and solid results consistently.

2. You’re not conveying enough interest

Some companies really want a knock-off-your-socks cover letter, others want to thank you notes, others prefer quick follow-ups, some desire a lot of strong energy throughout the interview, some want you to take charge of the interview, some want you to have a genuine reason to join their company other than maybe your real reason, which is to make a living. The point is you need to ensure you convey a strong interest in the company. Make them feel loved, but don’t overdo it.

3. Your resume sucks a**

Is your resume dull and uninteresting? Maybe you got a lot of spelling errors? Or it could be that your resume is too wordy, or perhaps your resume format looks like sh**. Is the information messy & presented in an ugly fashion? Don’t apply to jobs with sh*tty resumes. I often see people apply with resumes that look like no effort has been invested at all; don’t be this person.

4. Your skillset isn’t strong or tailored enough

You did not convey your experience well enough in your resume to get an interview. Maybe you did not articulate your experience well enough when verbally discussing your background, or you did not apply it well enough to their scenario questions in the actual interviews or assignments they gave you. Before you apply for a job and conduct an interview for the gig, ensure you review the job description thoroughly so you are more than prepared to shine with your candidacy.

5. You’re too different than the culture

Your vibe doesn’t fit in with the people who make up the company or at least the people who interviewed you. You can’t change who you are, but you can try to fit the mold. I recommend working for companies that align with your value and accepts who you are. Look for “come as you are” type companies; those tend to be best.

6. You’re too desperate #thirsty

If you demonstrate over-eagerness, over-communicating, and antsy vibes, you will most likely be written off. Always have multiple options in the running if you can. Don’t put all your eggs into one basket, and don’t immediately accept an offer. Review the offer, do your research, and ensure you get exactly what you want (or more).

7. You’re just plain offensive

Something you said rubbed someone the wrong way — and you probably won’t ever know what that reason is. Utilize emotional intelligence to offset potential problems in interviews. Also, be easy-going. Aim to mimic the energy of the interviewer.

8. You got too many questions “wrong”

As lame as it sounds, some employers are by the book and only believe in answers: a, b, c, d, or e. For these companies, if your answers aren’t perfect or the right answer for the hiring committee, you go bye-bye — even if you got some of them right. Don’t take it personally. Also, realize that how the interview goes can often reflect how your employee experience will be.

9. You can’t articulate for sh**

You simply don’t know how to communicate. Suppose you have found yourself to be a poor communicator, put in the effort to elevate your skills in this area. I know I tend to be a better-written communicator than a verbal communicator. Learn to use your strengths to your advantage, and learn how to minimize your weaknesses to work them to your advantage.

10. You don’t have enough “experience”

You might actually have enough experience — and you can probably execute on the job — but you did not communicate this effectively on your resume (e.g., relevant years of experience or in your job descriptions), or your interviews (e.g., with articulate descriptions of your experience, on top of effectively applying your experience to their questions).

Remember, even if you don’t have by-the-book experience, you can always acquire new skills or transform your previous experience into a relevant experience for the opportunity you are applying for. Get creative and think outside the box!

11. The timing is off

Sometimes, companies might put the position on hold or the position filled before you can finish the interview process. Furthermore, the time that you applied for the job may have been too late or too early. Someone may even have one skill set or quirk that you can’t offer that the company values or desires. There could be many scenarios, but sometimes it all comes down to timing.

12. Other reasons and judgments

Racism, sexism, you’re not that likable, too introverted, too extroverted, too professional or uptight, sloppy, not enough experience, too much experience, etc.

Often, you can’t do anything about others’ judgments of you, which is why I always recommend going for companies that are inclusive, accepting, and have a come-as-you-are type culture.


The list goes on and on, but these are some of the top reasons and judgments people may have. I always suggest highlighting your strengths and transform your weaknesses into advantages.

For example, if you don’t have enough relevant experience for a job, persuade the employer or find a way (e.g., completing courses, certifications, or self-education) to make your candidacy bring enough expertise.

Another example: if a person has a bias about your cultural background, race, or gender, find a way to relate to them and disarm their judgments.

Getting that dream job, that transition job, or just the next step job is more than possible for you, and I want to tell you now that you are more than good enough; never lose sight of this fact.

Many reasons (e.g., unconscious or conscious bias) that a potential employer might say no to you are completely out of your control, but there are also many reasons an employer can say no to us for easily avoidable reasons (e.g., basic professionalism); focus on ensuring an employer has no reason to say no to you for the avoidable reasons.

Destiny S. Harris is a writer, poet, entrepreneur, teacher, and techie who offers free books daily on amazon. Destiny obtained three degrees in political science, psychology, and women’s studies. Follow her on InstagramFacebook, or @ destinyh.com