Ask a Recruiter...
Why do I keep getting interviews but no job offers?
There are loads of reasons why this might be the case - and it doesn't mean that you're doing anything wrong necessarily. So here are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself stuck in an endless cycle of job interviews, and some tips on how to break it!
Get proper feedback
Contact the recruiter or company you’ve interviewed with to ask. It’s not easy hearing negative things – but take it on the chin as at least it’ll show you where the problem might lie, and give you the chance to fix it for the next interview you do.
If you’re a creative, you might have had the feedback “really liked them and they’d fit well culturally, but there’s just something in the creative work that doesn’t feel quite right for us”. If so take another look at your creative work and at theirs – can you see differences that could have created this feedback? If you can, then it’s not that they’re saying you’re not good it’s just that you’re not quite what they’re looking for.
And let’s be honest, if that’s the case – you wouldn’t have been very happy there anyway!
Put yourself in their shoes; was there anything negative in the way you presented yourself? Would you want to hire you? For example, if you said “I want to leave where I am because I’m not getting the chances other people get” or “I don’t like the way they work there” that could ring alarm bells. It sounds like you’re a negative person, and that won’t be appealing.
'Put yourself in their shoes; was there anything negative in the way you presented yourself? Would you want to hire you?'
Be honest about why you want to leave your current job but make sure you do it in a non-critical way – instead you could say “It’s time for a change. I want to focus on the role and projects I enjoy and believe I’m strongest at’.
Think about how you phrase your answers – a positive attitude will come across loud and clear.
Do your homework
Did you show interest in the company? Had you done your research? Did you ask any questions? Any company hiring someone new wants to feel that the interviewee really wants to work for them, so you need to show that.
If you’ve done your research and are asking questions, you’ll show you’re both interested and curious, not just a “passenger” but someone who’ll come into their team and really go for it.
*HINT* If you use a good recruiter (ahem!) they can go some way to ensuring that you could be good fit for that client, which will avoid you doing fruitless interviews time and again.
Sometimes the brief changes! We come across this fairly regularly. We spend a lot of time looking for one thing, the client meets some prospective employees and BAM they realise what they were looking for isn’t what they need after all…and it’s back to the drawing board. It’s annoying, but it happens so pick yourself up and on with the next.
'Don’t always assume it’s that you haven’t got enough experience, it might be that you’ve got more than they need...'
Are you looking at the right level?
Perhaps you need to think about the level of the roles you’re looking at. Maybe you’re going for senior jobs when you aren’t quite at that level yet. Conversely, maybe it’s time to step up a level.
Don’t always assume it’s that you haven’t got enough experience, it might be that you’ve got more than they need and you need to look at more senior jobs.
Above all, don’t be disheartened – it can take a while to find the right job, so keep going, and if you’re good at what you do, you'll find that one job out there that has your name written all over it!
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