Why 89% of Job Seekers Fail to Get Invited to Interviews

Some days back a regular reader of our blog sent in a question which needed urgent answers according to him. He had submitted countless applications to various organizations but was yet to be invited to a single job interview. He wanted to know the possible reasons and advice on how to overcome this challenge.
This, obviously is a wide spread problem facing job seekers. The volume of job applications coming to the in-box or desk of the average recruiting firm is so much that most of them have devised means of sieving and flushing out 90% of these applications thus leaving them with a few applications to consider.

Based on research and experience we have distilled a list of reasons that make recruiting companies select a few CVs and reject others. Note that getting a job interview is tied to your CV and cover letter. These two serve as your representative and if you have always failed to get called for interviews the problem then lies first and foremost in your CV.
So quickly we have listed short points below on reasons why your application is being ignored

a) You Submit Applications With No Cover Letter

This is a regular occurrence we have noticed with job seekers. Even experienced career individuals make the same mistake over and over. If an employer checks the email for applications he expects, on opening your application, to see at least a brief introductory letter stating who you are and why you are applying. This helps him decide whether to go ahead and check your CV. See how to write a great Cover Letter

b) Your CV Has No Power and Appeal

Weak CVs are CVs that do not highlight the strong points of the applicants in less than 30 seconds. Most recruiters do not have all the time to check through your entire CV. They glance through and expect to see a couple of highlights that will make them consider reading through the CV and then deciding if to shortlist the applicant. Your CV has to make it easier for the employer to glance through without looking for an eye glass. This means the arrangement must be professional with clear readable fonts.

c) You Are Not Aware of the High Points a Recruiter Looks For

A Recruiter will look at your personal data and go immediately to look for your career summary where you are expected to create a brief explanation of what you have accomplished so far in your career. This is especially important if you are an experienced career person with at least 5 years prior experience. For others the recruiter looks at your career objectives section to have an idea of your ambition. While all these are important other important highlight areas are the Education, Work Experience, Skills section and Professional/Certification Section. Getting your CV well written especially in these sections mean that even if the recruiter glances through your CV for only 30 seconds he is likely to shortlist your CV for further reading and possible invitation to interviews.

d) Did You Tailor the CV to that Particular Job?

Many people just download and attach the same CV to all job applications they make. You stand a better chance if you look carefully at the job requirements of that particular job and make adjustments in your CV to make it targeted at that job. Adjustments don’t mean padding the CV or adding false information but looking for information, skills, experience etc that you have that may be useful in that particular job and adding them. It also means removing information in the CV that is useless for that particular job. Make the recruiter know that you prepared the CV just for that job by creating a CV that tries to target the job as much as possible.
Remember your Cover letter and CV are your representatives in absentia. They tell your story to the recruiter or employer and they have very limited time to impress so your work is to make them tell compelling stories. When they do getting called to interviews will become a foregone issue.


  1. obede Christian Azu. says:

    this post have really gone a long way to enlighten me on how to prepare for my immediate future cos I’m a batch a corper that’s about to pass out. I would also like to receive a copy or example of how a proper cv/resume looks like,
    Thanks.and keep up the good job.

  2. Nnamdi says:

    Thanks for this educating post. I am looking forward to your sample cover letter and CV.

  3. Yusuf Nuhu says:

    Iam exited studying this format which come after graduating from school.kudos. Yusuf Nuhu

  4. Edugba Innocent says:

    Wao!!! I want to sincerely thank Ngcareer for the smart and brilliant updates on how to setup CV’s & Cover letters. Keep it up nice information

  5. jonah says:

    This is a great job sir well done.

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