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10 Reasons You Were Not Called After The Job Interview

Sometimes job hunting is all about you. Sometimes job hunting is all about them. Don’t take every rejection personally. Here’s why.
You do not need to be a rocket scientist to realize that job hunting in Nigeria is painful, tedious, frustrating and most at times emotionally devastating. But not all rejection should be taken personally. In fact, there are many reasons you don’t get the job–and some have nothing to do with you and your skills. Here are 10.

1. Someone Had Friends In High Places

We are talking about Nigeria. Even when you are over qualified for the job,aced the interview with flying colors, impressed the interviewers with all you got; all it takes is a phone call and the job goes to the least qualified person for the job. Don’t take it personally, nepotism is the bane of every job seeker in Nigeria.
Some companies have policies that a certain number of people have to be interviewed for each position (or that the job has to be advertised publicly) — regardless of the fact that the firm has already decided whom to hire.
You got dagged in to check off the proper boxes on the form, but never had a chance of getting the job.

2. The Job Disappeared

You’d think that when a company posts a job, sources résumés, and conducts interviews, the company would know it wants to hire someone. But that’s not always true.
Sometimes there are disagreements over which department gets the head count. Sometimes funding is moved to somewhere else. Sometimes the company just decides not to fill the job.
Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), don’t sweat it, we are obviously not talking to you.

3. You’ve Been Conned

Some people in Nigeria make a living from snipping the small amount of money that job seekers have. How heartless!
You weren’t called because the money you were asked to pay for in order to process the interview process was used to fund someone’s account. Accept our deepest sympathy for your money lost.
As a rule, no genuine interviewer will ask a dime from you if they are really interested in giving you a job.
Once again, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) stop looking at us.

4. The Recruiter Is A Weird Fellow

Recruiters are funny people. Most are awesome, but some will reject you because you have scuffs on your shoes, or because they didnt like your face. We wish this was a joke.
Sometimes you might be asked a ridiculous question that has serves no purpose but to see how creative you can be or how you respond to difficult situations. You really do not want to hear some of the weird questions that some recruiters ask during job interviews.
Most recruiters aren’t horrible like these are, but some do have their games.

5. You’re Not A Good Cultural Fit.

As much as we like to think it should be all about the skills, it’s not. Different cultures are better for different people.
Nigeria is a country where we find it difficult to alienate tribe and religion from our day to day activities. You might rejected for a job because of your tribe, age, state of origin or religion.
A lady might be rejected because she wore trousers to a job interview, why? The company does not allow trousers at their place of work. You might be rejected for wearing two earring and sometime for having two ear holes.
Skills? You conquered that. Cultural fit? No, you didnt conquer that

6. You Can’t Agree On Salary.

Theoretically, salaries should be based on market rates and nothing more.
In Nigeria, there’s a ton of stuff that goes into a salary. A graduate could be made to endure the military training of the Navy SEALs and after such rigorous process you will be offered N20, 000 as salary for a month. May you never encounter such people in your job seeking experience.
Even when some companies are reasonable, the prospective worker might be flat out greedy. If you know you’re looking for something higher than what the company can offer, then don’t proceed with the interview process.
Why waste everyone’s time?

7. Your (bad) Reputation Preceded You.

Often people think they can burn bridges at old jobs, because they’ve moved on to newer and better. The problem is, the world is small, and the person you told to go f**k himself is the your current interviewer.
 You didn’t even know his name, but he surely knows yours, and now you’re not hired.

8. You Blew The Interview.

Sometimes interviews simply go badly. It wasn’t that you did anything wrong–you didn’t answer your cell phone, pick your nose, or insult the interviewer–you just didn’t rock it.
Sometimes you have bad days.

9. There Was Someone Better Than You.

Often people identify themselves as perfect for the job, but you never get to vet the other candidates.
Your fitting all the listed qualifications doesn’t mean someone else isn’t better than you are.

10Your Village Witches Are Dancing Sekeem On Your Head.

We are Nigerians, we are highly religious and we blame everything on religion. So yes, your village witches made you to fail the job interview.

By Tracy Malcolm.

Thought something might find this interesting and/or useful, so there you have it. Stumbled on Tracy Malcolm's blog yesterday and I found some of her articles to be quite nice. 


  1. 11. You refuse to exchange sex for a job.


  2. 12. You are overqualified.

  3. You didnt get the job because you are in a bad shape.
    Tell me how to forgive a guy i loved with all my heart for four years and all he did was cheat on me and break up on and off. I thought w love each other but he refused to committ, i think at this point you were just using me. After i got pregnant and you made me have that abortion i knew you were not serious about me, then i found out you were into fraudulent biz and i knew it was time to let go. But i loved you still and tried to be there for slept with me again the day i saw you but reffused to talk saying you have defined the relationship because i went silent for sometime. I know i deserve better and you are just an asshole, i met you as a virgin and my only fault was been too good and staying true to you, I still love you but i will define my life by taking a walk and pray for the grace to forgive you.
    How do I get my life back on track. Please don't tell me sorry, i just need to recover the 4 years ive wasted. I put all my eggs in one basket, you were my friend and everything so i dont even have anyone to cry too.
    God will this pain ever end, Forgive me for the abortion, Help me Lord, I'm dying slowly. i dont deserve this.
    Yes I'm going anonymous.

    1. You don't need to know how to forgive him!

      Humanly speaking it'd be almost impossible for a person to forgive anyone of such atrocious acts especially to the one who loves you. Remember the saying - To err is human, To forgive divine. Let God do the forgiveness for you and through you.

      I'd stand behind your decision to take a walk (perhaps I'd suggest you take a run or even a flight). From your story, he doesn't deserve you and he doesn't want you.

      I'd suggest you take a break from the relationship scene. Find the YOU in you. The YOU free from a partner, free from wanting to be loved, free from the burdens of life.

      I hate to say this but I feel I'd be remiss in my piece of advice to you if I don't. You'd need to change your sense of values about yourself and also what to look for in a spouse/partner. Don't worry, about the years you think you've wasted. You still draw breath, so make the other years count and let them count well.

    2. You will be fine darling, Time is a healer!

    3. Dear Anonymous, you'll be fine.

      It might take a while but eventually, it won't hurt as much and you will be able to look back on this time and smile. Like Chris said, that guy doesn't deserve you and you are better off without him.

      Just wake up each day determined to move on from from this point, get busy, invest your time in something so you don't spend time thinking about him or feeling sorry for yourself, improve on yourself too, read books, take courses (online or professional), learn a trade, anything! Most importantly, get closer to God. He's the only one who can help you forgive and there's this calmness that comes over you when you read God's promises for you. You just know you're going to be fine no matter what.

    4. I have done all this things but it seems not to be working. I am literally falling apart.

    5. Forgive him but do not forget. Now as for revenge, i say work on yourself and become a better more awesome version of yourself. Please do not put yourself back in the same position with him. Love God then love yourself. Work on yourself to the point where even when you look at yourself you say God is this me? People that treat us badly as those that generally dont see us amounting to much. Dont fall apart, God is bigger than everything and arent you one of his creations?

    6. Sweetie 4 years? Try 7 years........ My friend nearly committed suicide but see God works in mysterious ways. That guy she thought she could never do without is the one now regretting losing her but unfortunately for him she is not only married but expecting. The said guy has a wife and a child he can no longer cater for, two kids out of wedlock he obviously can't Cater for and what's worse, he isn't even doing Jack anymore just surviving through a friend. Now imagine if my friend had committed suicide because of this guy how stupid it would hv been. You are allowed to grieve, in a way it is healthy but please never ever ever let yourself languish in that grief. Trust me, he isn't worth it. Please learn to live again but this time learn to see yourself through your own eyes not through the eyes of some worthless beholder.

    7. Thank you, Thank you.

  4. Lol @ the last point. Nice write up

    @anon doh o,I pray you get the strength to move on

  5. LMHAO @ point 10. She made valid points tho.

  6. This just made me remeber my last job interview...I did so well and even the judges couldnt fault our presentation! My friend who happened to work there and got me a slot in the interview was told I did fine but almost a month now and still no reply from them...d tin pain me but then i still get work....#JoyDaNuGirl

  7. Dear Anon,trust me you will be fine.

    God is ever ready to forgive you so long you repent but I think you need to forgive yourself.

    No,he doesn't deserve you and please take a walk from this relationship.

    As Chrsyinks suggested,you might want to consider taking a break from the dating scene.

    Just keep holding on,i believe God a good man that would love and appreciate you,he just needs to find you

    Mega hugs Darln.

  8. My interviews have always been through referrals so I don't really sweat it much. Am grateful though cos I dread interviews.

    1. Baib so you're one of the causes of reason #1 ko? *side eyes*

  9. Not only your contents but also the way you present the issue is awesome. Particularly this one is articulating the sense of the job interview discussion. Your word power is awesome. Keep it up.


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