4 reasons why your application may have got rejected and how you can fix them!

Mistakes committed by rejected candidates“Why did my internship application get rejected? What did I do wrong?”

Sounds familiar? Do you also find yourself mulling over this same thought? If you are reading this, most probably you have faced the first bump in your professional journey i.e. your first rejection (one of your application status showing ‘Not Selected‘) on Internshala. You might be feeling confused about the whole process or even having second thoughts about applying for a new internship. But worry you not, we are here to help. Here are the top 4 mistakes which applicants usually commit that lead to their application being rejected by the company, and how to fix them.

1. Why should you be hired for this internship?: This is a mandatory question which you have to answer for every internship that you apply on Internshala. This is one of the most crucial aspects of your application where you need to establish your credentials to the employer. Make sure you are not committing these two most common mistakes:

a) Poor writing skills: A poorly written answer, with grammatical and spelling errors, improper punctuation and capitalization, and use of SMS language, irks employers the most. They see it as careless at best, and discourteous at worst. You can check out English with Internshala, a series of videos and quizzes, aimed at improving the English grammar and communication skills of students.

Tip – You may use Grammarly to check your grammatical errors before you fill out your application. You can also read the most common grammatical mistakes which students make while applying for an internship.

b) Plagiarising an answer from the internet: By copying and pasting a generic answer to this question from the internet, you may have saved yourself time, but with little or no impact. (If you can Google the question, the employer can also Google your answer).

Tip – Always write your own answer and customise it for different internships that you apply for. Check out a good sample answer. To understand how to write a strong cover letter, read this article and this post.

2. Does your profile stand out?: You need to show the employer what you bring to the table. Most companies prefer candidates with past examples of similar work in the area of the internship. The more internships and project experiences you have under your belt, the better. This information is displayed separately to the employer, along with your application, improving your chances of getting shortlisted. Though, make sure that you include only relevant experiences – an employer doesn’t need to know what singing competition you won in your high school. Two important reasons why an employer rejects a profile are:

a) Incomplete profile: Many students don’t fill their profile completely and start applying in a haste. An incomplete profile doesn’t show the complete picture of your skills and capabilities to the employer, thereby hampering your chances. If you are looking for a content writing internship, for example, make sure that you add links to all the relevant writing samples, published articles/stories, blog links etc. along with mentioning any awards and achievements in that field in the past. Similarly, many students don’t fill their graduation details if they are still pursuing it, which leads to a misunderstanding later on.

b) A weak profile: If even after taking care of all the aforementioned points you are not getting any positive response, it’s likely that somehow you didn’t stand out amongst other applicants. Landing an internship is a highly competitive affair – on Internshala, only 1 in 50 applications is successful. You might try to strengthen your profile by taking up online courses, undergoing some training in your subject, starting new projects individually or with your professor, continuously reading about the subject online etc.; we highly recommend you do that. One must never stop learning.

3. Outdated contact details: Many students tend to change their numbers, especially when they visit their hometown during summer/winter breaks. You need to make sure your contact number is updated on your Internshala profile (You can do so at Edit Profile), in case an employer decides to contact you. In addition, using the accounts which you most probably created in your early teens might sound a little ridiculous to the employers. Take, for example, an applicant with the mail id “mr_cool2001@rediffmail.com” who might be considered too immature by the employers. Don’t allow carelessness to cost you your internship.

Tip – Don’t be content with just completing some training/courses. You need to show the employer that you have actually used the knowledge in a practical application and have built an original product. Take, for example, someone running a blog, or creating an app/website in college.

4. Changes in company’s requirements:  Apart from the reasons mentioned above, other things also affect your applications. Sometimes the company’s requirements change, and sometimes they finalize a candidate even before they go through your application. Life is not always fair- you can’t control these factors; what you can do is work on your mistakes, and continue applying for new internships. The most important thing is that you must not stop trying. With every new application you make, you improve.

In Calvin’s words: “Life is like a topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure.”

So now you know some of the reasons why your application may have got rejected, and how you can fix them. If you could think of any other reason, we would love to hear it; please comment below.

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164 thoughts on “4 reasons why your application may have got rejected and how you can fix them!

  • January 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    i applied to internshala .but my resume was cancelled.so will you please help me .how to make resume for internship ..please help me ..because the way how i created my resume is not a formal way..so please kindly response to my comment and give me some suggestion..thanking you ….

    Reply
      • May 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

        send me resume guide

        Reply
        • February 8, 2017 at 11:25 AM

          Hi Sahith,

          Please drop us a mail at student@internshala.com.

          We will send the Internshala resume guide to your inbox.

          Thanks

          Reply
      • February 7, 2017 at 1:07 PM

        am doing journalism i do not know way to make resume means for media resumes can u send me the mail

        Reply
        • February 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM

          Hi Adilakshmi,

          Please drop us a mail at student@internshala.com.

          We will send the Internshala resume guide to your inbox.

          Thanks

          Reply
      • May 21, 2017 at 3:43 PM

        I applied for internship but I got rejected, will you please send me the correct format of how to write the resume ! That’ll be beneficial for me !

        Reply
        • October 14, 2016 at 5:50 PM

          please give me idea how to make resume informative

          Reply
          • July 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM

            Please give me a idea how to make resume

    • April 4, 2017 at 1:23 PM

      I want to improve my resume to get good internship. Please send me resume on
      schougule555@gmail.com

      Reply
  • January 26, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    How can i know….whether iam selected or rejected for an internship

    Reply
  • February 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Can you please send me internshala resume guide

    Reply
    • February 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

      Hi,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Please check your inbox.

      Hope it helps.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • February 18, 2016 at 12:03 PM

      Hi Nayan,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Please check your inbox.

      Hope it helps.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • February 12, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Can you send me the internshala resume guide on this email id : saif.haider971@gmail.com

    Thank you !

    Reply
    • February 18, 2016 at 12:04 PM

      Hi Saif,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Please check your inbox.

      Hope it helps.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • February 18, 2016 at 12:01 PM

      Hi Tausif,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • March 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Please help me to improve my resume for Internship,Mail me on my ID

    Reply
      • December 14, 2016 at 2:46 PM

        please mail me resume guide to improve my resume.

        Reply
    • March 21, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      Hi Guruganesh,

      Please register with us on the following link:
      http://internshala.com/registration/student

      Once you register and verify, you will receive a mail from us which will contain the Internshala Resume Guide.

      If you have already registered, please check your inbox again.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • March 20, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Hi,
    Can you please send me internshala resume guide to my mail ID: “naveenkumarbandhu@gmail.com”

    Reply
    • March 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM

      Hi Naveen,

      Please register with us on the following link:
      http://internshala.com/registration/student

      Once you register and verify, you will receive a mail from us which will contain the Internshala Resume Guide.

      If you have already registered, please check your inbox again.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • March 22, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    I have registered myself on intershala, so please could you send me detailed resume guide on my email address guruganeshmane@gmail.com

    Thanks &Rega rds,
    Guruganesh Mane

    Reply
  • March 25, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    I want to improve my resume to get good intern. Please send me resume on akashbalbudhe@gmail.com

    Reply
  • April 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Please can you send me internshala resume guide . i have registered .

    Reply
    • April 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

      Hi Krishnapal,

      Once you register and verify your account, you will automatically receive the special resume guide from us.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • April 16, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Hello!Can you please send me your internshala resume guide at srajdave95@gmail.com

    Reply
  • April 18, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    I want to improve my resume and also want to the reason for rejection of my applications at internshala. Could you please guide me.

    Reply
    • April 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

      Hi Sonam,

      If you have read this article carefully, you must have understood some of the major reasons that may be causing your applications to get rejected. Start working on them as specified in the article.

      For any further queries, drop a mail at student@internshala.com and we will help you out.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • April 30, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Can you please send me internshala resume guide

    Reply
    • May 3, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      Hi Rahul,

      Please let us know your e-mail id so that we can send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • May 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    All my applications are cancelled, pls send me a copy of Resume Format

    Reply
    • May 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      Hi Avishi,

      We have sent the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • May 17, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    I am 3rd year mechanical engineering student. Please send me resume guide for internship.

    Reply
  • May 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    my resume was very poor.so will you please help me .how to make resume for internship.
    i want a good resume….help me please

    Reply
  • May 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Can you send me the internshala resume guide on this email id : satyamgb321@gmail.com

    Thank you !

    Reply
    • June 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM

      Hi Akanksha,

      It has been sent to your email address. :)

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • June 13, 2016 at 4:37 PM

      Hi Kusuma,

      The resume guide has been sent. Please check your inbox.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 13, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    can you please send me the internshala resume guide

    Reply
    • June 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM

      Hi Sabil,

      It has been sent. Please check your inbox.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  • June 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    You know, I sometimes wonder
    Everyone doesn’t has work experience. Thus the applications. Its like they want someone of age 22 years with the work experience of 30 years.
    Not exactly encouraging, don’t you think?

    Reply
  • June 16, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    I applied for one of theach internship they asked me to give some tests 1st was typing which I passed and in 2nd test they asked me to post any 2 question and answers from my university papers on their site. I did as they said but I was rejected in my 2nd test and I don’t know why. Can you please tell me where I have gone wrong ??

    Reply
    • June 18, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      Hi Sarvesh,

      Please drop us a mail at student@internshala.com with all the details along with the company name, and the concerned team will help you out.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 17, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Hi can u pls send the resume guide

    Reply
    • June 18, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Hi Priyanka,

      It has been sent. Please check your inbox.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 19, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Hi.. When we complete our profile in internshala we get a option to download it as resume but the thing is a resume consist of many other points that should be there. So can you add those things to profile itself so that after filling our profile we can download it as resume which consist of all points that a resume should have.

    Reply
    • June 22, 2016 at 11:24 AM

      Hi Saikat,

      Thank you for providing your valuable suggestions. We will surely look into this matter.

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • July 5, 2016 at 5:14 PM

      Hi Arpitha,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.
      I hope you find it useful.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 22, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Please send me a resume guide.

    Thanks

    Reply
  • July 25, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    I applied to internshala Student counsellor (online training) internship. My application was shortlisted in the first round. Than I was asked to send my answers to a assignment given to me. Now I am rejected. I am not able to understand that why my assignments were rejected and what were my mistakes. Hope you will guide me so that it will help me in future.

    Reply
    • August 4, 2016 at 5:38 PM

      Hi Anchal,

      We are sorry to hear that!
      Please note, this might be because the employer initially liked your profile but then finally decided to not take it further.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • August 25, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Sir please Gide me for a internship resume

    Reply
    • August 26, 2016 at 6:26 PM

      Hi Nagma,

      Thank you for writing in.
      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide.Please check your inbox!

      Thanks

      Reply
  • September 7, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    hello
    This article is really so helpful . I think all interns once go through this article . and sir could you please send me the format of resume please sir this is my gmail id patilmahesh578@gmail.com

    Reply
    • September 7, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thank you for writing in.
      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox!

      Reply
  • September 19, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    hello sir could you please send me a resume guide and internshala cover letter format?
    my email -id is->arm20493@gmail.com

    Reply
    • September 19, 2016 at 10:59 AM

      Hi Abhishek,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.
      Hope it helps.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • September 19, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Hi,
    I applied for internship of R&D Software Engineering internship at Keysight Technologies but has been rejected. Sir would you guide me,what were the mistaks Ihave done.

    Sir,Please send resume guide for effective format.

    Regards,

    Shivam mishra

    Reply
  • September 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Can you Please send me Resume Guide ..

    Reply
    • September 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      Hi Shiv,

      We have sent the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
    • September 23, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      Hi Kiran,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox!
      Hope you find it useful.

      Thanks

      Reply
    • September 29, 2016 at 6:14 PM

      Hi Jafar,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
    • October 3, 2016 at 2:39 PM

      Hi Simran,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
    • October 4, 2016 at 6:14 PM

      Hi Shubham,

      We have sent you the Internshala Resume Guide. Please check your inbox.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • November 20, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    I have applied many but get rejected. I don’t know what is happening. Please suggest me to improve.

    Reply
    • November 21, 2016 at 4:36 PM

      Hi Megha,

      Thank you for writing in. Please drop your query to student@internshala.com. We will go through the applications applied and the resume and let you know the areas to improve upon so that you can make better applications and increase your chances of getting hired.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • December 9, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Hello sir,im new to this internship so please guide me and also how to create my resume

    Reply
    • December 13, 2016 at 10:21 AM

      Hi John,

      Thank you for writing in. As of now, you have not filled your preferences. So, give your preferences for the internship.After this, we will show you the internships matching your profile and preferences, which you can apply to.
      In the resume, enter as many details as possible. Higher the resume score, greater is the chance of your profile being seen by the employer.

      Hope it helps.

      Thanks

      Reply
  • January 7, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Thank you sir,it is really helpful to me.

    Reply
    • January 11, 2017 at 6:56 PM

      Thanks, Swati. Glad to know that you found the article useful :)

      Reply
  • January 25, 2017 at 12:13 AM

    sir please tell me the reason of my internship rejection

    Reply
  • March 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Send me ,ideal resume of internshala

    Reply
  • March 31, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Please help me in preparing my resume for internship… Please mail me

    Reply
  • April 24, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Can someone please guide me.. what things to be written and what should be ignored while writing the answer for why do u want to join this internship??

    Reply
  • April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Can you send me my resume and check out what mistake actually have in my profile

    Reply
  • April 27, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Could you please send me the format of a resume? It’d be great if you could help me with this. Thank you.

    Reply
  • April 27, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Please send me the ideal format of resume .

    Reply
  • May 3, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    I have applied to many companies but still my resume is not selected because of poor resume …..so please give me resume which will guide me and suggest me some guideline to improve my poor communication skills

    Reply
  • May 18, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Please send best resume or profile for guidence

    Reply
  • May 22, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Plzz send me the resume guide

    Reply
  • June 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    I applied for internship but I got rejected, will you please send me the correct format of how to write the resume ! That’ll be beneficial for me !

    Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:05 PM

      Hi Abhijeet,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 16, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Please send me internshala resume…

    Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:06 PM

      Hi Pallavi,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:06 PM

      Hi Ankit,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 23, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    my resume is also rejected so please send me resume that will help me to create a new resume .

    Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:07 PM

      Hi Parag,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    My resume is rejected. Please help me to improve my resume for Internship, mail me on my ID and it would be better if you send a guide for it.

    Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:08 PM

      Hi Vaibhav,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 26, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Sir I am an IT student I applied my resume for software testing internship in AXS solution but my resume is rejected pls tell me what is mistakes in there and my english grammer is not too good so how can I improve my english grammers and sir pls send me resume guide

    Reply
    • June 27, 2017 at 5:09 PM

      Hi Pratima,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.
      Also, please drop an email to student@internshala.com from your registered email id. We will check your applications and suggest you the necessary changes.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
    • June 28, 2017 at 4:06 PM

      Hi Shreya,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • June 28, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Can you please mail me Resume Guide on my id.
    My email id is ashreya111@gmail.com

    Reply
  • June 29, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    I got the cll from company BT due to network issue it was disconnected. I called them back BT till the time I got the mail that I m rejected…wat to do??

    Reply
  • June 29, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Hello..can u please send me resume making guide!

    Reply
    • July 4, 2017 at 2:42 PM

      Hi Shubham,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 4, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Please send me resume guide.

    Reply
    • July 4, 2017 at 2:43 PM

      Hi Rachana,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 5, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    I want to improve my resume to get good internship. Please send me the idea for make good resume.
    rsrathaurorai@gmail.com

    Reply
    • July 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM

      Hi Rohit,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 7, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Please send me a resume guide.

    Reply
    • July 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM

      Hi Manisha,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    One more help of you please guide me for prepare my resume

    Reply
  • July 17, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Please send me a perfect resume for my guidance

    Reply
    • July 19, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      Hi,

      Thank you for writing in. You may subscribe to Internshala at this link- https://internshala.com/subscribe. Upon successful verification, we will send you the Internshala Resume Guide.

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • July 18, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    I need more training on english

    Reply
  • July 19, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    U can published in email.

    Reply
  • July 25, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    My resume wasn’t up to the mark. My first ever application got rejected. I need a guidance to get through. :)

    Reply
  • July 28, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    If u tell the student y u r rejected them it is helpfull for those student. To do better nxt time and also advice them what they have to correct

    Reply

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