Tons of Interviews But No Offers
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I have had many many interviews, phone and face-to-face within the past month...actually months! Hope you can send some suggestions my way.
Most of my employment has been Executive Level Admin contract work with major IT companies. I feel my resume is working because I am getting lots of calls, but I am finding it very difficult to land a position.
ALL the feedback I get is always positive, during the interviews I am told that I am just what they are looking for and my job skills mirror their requirements and for the most part the connection to the interviewer seems to click.
Phone or F2F when I leave an interview and feel I am a strong candidate, but then nothing.
I have always sent hand written (whenever possible)thank you cards right after the interview.
I actually had a phone interview early this week, it went very very well and I was told there would be a next step and then late in the day I get a thanks but no thanks note!
I would love to know what I am saying or not saying to have these interviews fall flat.
I am very frustrated and really don't have any idea what is going on. Previously I have always landed most positions that I am submitted for, but now I am at a loss.
In the last month I have been to 4 F2F interviews and had multiple phone interviews...nothing :-(
I HATE to think it is an age issue, but I am beginning to think that might be the case. Maybe not an actually age issue, but if I am competing with someone that is obviously 8-10 years younger, I come in 2nd.
I have made my resume reflect my experience and have not added irrelevant positions over 10 years ago. I am a high energy person, I dress for the interview, usually a step above business casual for example if it is Microsoft, or a little more business depending on the company in classy slacks/tops and add a jacket if necessary.
I have at least 10 years of work in front of me yet. I have been told I don't "look" my age and certainly don't act my age :-)
I am in my 50’s. But I am stumped!
How can I break this bubble or give me something to chew on that I have not thought of?
I have a phone interview on Monday and I really want to ace this one! I have researched the company and the business group I have my questions and answers prepared for my cue card.
Thank you for your insight.
Mike Petras Comments:
Sorry your job search has been such an emotional roller coaster ride. You're right, your resume must be working well if you're landing all these job interviews. So we know your resume isn't the problem.
Also, the IT field is very hot right now.
If you're getting positive comments and feedback after your interviews, it sounds like your job interview skills are pretty solid too.
What we don't know is how many job seekers are interviewing for the same position. Obviously the more competition you face, the tougher it will be to win the offer.
Here are a couple of ideas to consider.
The next time an employer interviews you by phone or in person, near the end of your interview, ask the interviewer how many candidates you're competing with for this job.
About half the time you are going to hear, "a lot" or "a couple", but often times they'll just flat out tell you.
If you start hearing 5 or more applicants, then you'll know you are not royally messing up in the job interview. Now your mission will be to perfect your job interview skills so you stand out over your competition.
Unfortunately, many employers are not going to give you honest feedback after your interview. In fact, many of them won't even give you the courtesy of a call back.
I've asked several companies why they do this and I've been astonished to hear comments like, "We don't have time to call and chat with folks about their interview shortcomings. If they don't get an offer, that means we hired someone else."
Wow...really? So we're suppose to be mind-readers? Total indifference means no?
I guess these employers missed Sunday school the day they had the lesson on "doing unto others like you would like to be treated".
What they probably haven't figured out is just about everyone at some point in their career will lose their job...including them.
When that day arrives and they are sitting on the opposite of the interview desk, I'd love to watch them munching on a big wedge of humble pie. Wouldn't you?
Despite this poetic justice, none of these thoughts are helping you solve your dilemma. So let's get back to what you can do win an offer.
Ask a friend to meet with you to do a mock job interview. Here is a true success story about a friend of mine who was experiencing the same problem as you, and how it was revealed to him what he was doing wrong.
Make sure you are well prepared for your interviews.
FACT: 75% of all job seekers are rejected for 2 reasons: a poorly written resume, or under-performing in a job interview.
Here is an article on my website with links to other articles that I believe you'll find helpful: 14 Key Job Interview Tips.
As a general rule, if you don't get feedback from a company after your job interview, always follow up three times. About half the time you will connect with someone or they will call you back.
Although the interviewing process can be cold and impersonal, there are a few loving souls out there who will share with you one of your shortcomings that will help you move forward.
Here is an article I wrote about effective follow up after a job interview without offending anyone or being tagged as a nuisance: Three Strikes and You're Out.
Hope this helps you stand out in future interviews. Please let me know if you have a breakthrough or you discover what was "the problem".
All the best.