Yes, that’s a thing. I think one problem is that nowadays there are tutorials everywhere, there are boilerplates everywhere.
When looking into your Github, every project has like one big commit. Then you literally threw away the project by not caring about the dependabot Pull Requests. There are also no GitHub issues. If I would be a recruiter, this would be very suspicious to me, “maybe this person just copied some tutorial to put it on their resume”.
So if everyone has these shiny cool projects (that they could have copied very easily), there are other skills that come into play.
So regarding this one application: You have to babysit Juniors. So you need to have Seniors who can mentor them. If this company don’t have them, they need people who can produce from day 1.
So what’s your story?
Who are you?
What can you bring to the table that gives you some unique selling points?
What can you do better than Applicant X?