You left the job interview certain that you had landed the position. They like you, you liked them, there was an agreement on pay range, and you are totally qualified for the position. So why haven’t they called? Let’s assume for this article that you did everything right – including a thank you note (at least by email) and a follow up call several days later stating your continued interest in the job. You did do those – right? Right. So what’s the problem?
One of the biggest hurdles we deal with in the job market is the Human Factor. That’s right folks, we are humans dealing with other humans and as such there is a myriad of factors that can contribute to the decision made by the employer. Maybe there was someone equally qualified and thorough in their interview and the employer had a tough decision to make. Many times there are more than one perfect candidate for the job. One will get the job – and unfortunately the rest won’t. It’s not that you did anything wrong – you just didn’t get picked – this time. Maybe the employer just didn’t get a good vibe from you even though everything went well. Human interactions are complicated and based on much more than just what you wore, how you presented yourself or even if you had a common interest. Just like personal relationships, professional relationships are somewhat chemical in nature and even though you did everything right – you just were not what they were looking for. The point is – its not personal – it’s just business.
On the other hand if you have had several great interviews – especially a great 2nd or 3rd interview and you haven’t been offered any jobs, you might want to take a closer look at your approach. It might help to talk to a friend in detail about what happens in your interviews and what topics you discussed and how you answered those questions. A good friend will need to be necessarily judgmental in order to be effective so again, don’t take it personally but learn from their comments. Talk to more than one friend if you can and see if you notice a common response.
There is one thing you definitely should take personally. If you have sent out many resumes but haven’t received even one call – there may be a problem with how you present your information. We live in an electronic society and most resumes don’t reach a human eye until they first get singled out by a computer. Your resume should be targeted specifically for the job you are applying for and be formatted in such a way that it will get singled out in an electronic scan against hundreds of other resumes. It might be time for you to get some professional advice on your resume. There are many resources available to help you – from personal consultants to electronic programs to help you build your resume. I’m including a link to such a program in this post but there are many to choose from varying in price range and features. Do a careful search and get the help you need to have your resume get noticed.