Waiting by your phone for that interview call is probably more nerve wrecking than waiting for your food to be delivered to your doorstep. You start doubting yourself, your capabilities, and at some instances – your luck. As a career network, we know how discouraged job seekers feel if they don’t get their dream job, especially when they don’t know what they’re doing wrong. “Why are they not calling me back?” is the million-dollar question that preoccupies your mind. Akhtaboot is here to not only answer that question of yours, but to also help you find that loophole below:


You’re probably just aiming too high, and that job is way out of your league. It’s not that you’re not good enough; it’s just that you don’t have the right qualifications for it. So if you don’t have the right skills, experience and training for that position, your chances of getting called in for that interview are very slim. So make sure you’re applying to a job that’s in your domain, a job that you know you can excel at and of course – outshine other applicants!


We’re not just talking about the content of your CV – we’re talking about the format. Lets say the content is cluttered and not organized (into bullets for example) and you don’t use same font size throughout your CV, then there’s a high probability you’re not getting that interview call. Recruiters love to see qualified and experienced candidates, but once they see a disordered and cluttered CV, they lose interest in the split of a second. Your CV is your identification; so make sure it serves to make a good impression of you. If you want some more tips that will help you outshine other candidates, read our article on CV writing:



Believe it or not, sometimes its what you don’t include in your CV that will do you more harm than good. It may surprise you to know that leaving off information that you may think is “irrelevant” – such as a very old job of yours – could have helped you immensely in getting that interview call. Now of course you shouldn’t include information that doesn’t highlight anything significant or your core strengths, but if there’s a huge jump between the jobs you’ve had, managers might start to question the gap in-between. What you want to do is avoid raising any questions, and make sure you keep your information relevant and realistic. Recruiters love to see the progress you’ve made throughout your working career; it shows how promising you are, and how dedicated you could be as a potential employee.


Sometimes getting that job is out of your control. The company that you have applied for probably already has an internal candidate in mind. Or the pool of potential candidates is so large; calling them all back would be nearly impossible. For instance, a former recruiter at Leo Burnett stated, “I know there were probably 50 candidates who could do the job, but I could only pick a handful to interview”. So maybe your luck isn’t on your side, but don’t let it make you think any less of yourself, and most importantly, don’t let it stifle your ambitions. Not getting that interview could have absolutely nothing to do with you.

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