Interviews but No Job Offers? Don’t Blame Your Resume

111By Gina Beckman

So you have been landing a bunch of first and even second interviews without getting a single job offer. The good news is that your resume is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, which is spur employers’ interest and get them to want to meet you. And that, my friend, is super!

But now you need to figure out what is going on at those job interviews that is stopping you from landing an offer.

I will be frank; interviewing is not easy. And even though I talk and write about this stuff all the time (you might even say that I am an expert on the topic), I confess that even I don’t interview as well is I probably could. Nevertheless, I have some great tips to combat some of the biggest interview mistakes:

  • STOP TALKING. What? One’s professional polish can be quickly sidelined by his or her tendency to be overly chatty, to go off subject or to speak too fast. When asked an interview question, be sure to speak deliberately (neither too fast nor too slow), say what you need to say and then be comfortable enough to stop speaking when your answer is done.
  • MAKE EYE CONTACT. I have personally interviewed people who quite honestly seemed to find the wallpaper in my office way more interesting than my face. Just think how you would feel if someone refused to look straight at you. It can be a little creepy.
  • BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITIES. Many people (particularly women) tend to downplay their talent and successes; don’t be one of those people. It is vital that you give you and your skills due credit in an objective way so you neither sound like you are boasting nor belittling yourself. When asked about their spreadsheet skills, which of the following three candidates do you think is most likely to land a job offer? The one that responds “I am super good at Excel!” or the one that says¬†“I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I can use Excel pretty well, I guess” or the one that says “I have strong Excel skills and take a yearly brush up course to keep current on the updates.”¬† It is all about positioning yourself in a positive, professional, polished light.

So if you are landing those job interviews, your resume is opening the doors that it was designed to open. Now it is your turn to brush up on those interview skills and close the deal on that job offer.

4 Responses to “Interviews but No Job Offers? Don’t Blame Your Resume”

  1. I’m a motor coach driver who must wear a uniform, work when they tell me to work get no breaks no vacations get an hourly pay text message to accept work to confirm if I want to work or not.told that I’m a 1099 employee am I being duped is this legal

    • 10 til 2 says:

      Donald: You might consider contacting the Department of Labor in your state or an employment attorney (which we are not). We are not in a position to give legal advice; but it sounds like you have some legitimate concerns. Keep in mind that not all employers who misclassify workers are trying to dupe them; some are simply unaware of the applicable employment laws and regulations. Best of luck to you and keep us posted!

  2. Bill says:

    That last one is really the tough one. Having to carefully walk the line between confidence and arrogance. I know I’ve done some pretty cool things in my career, and I know that I have lots more to offer and learn. But, I’ve struggled with the best ways to convey that during interviews. Are there any more suggestions you can make to strike that perfect balance?

    • 10 til 2 says:

      Bill: Walking that line is easier for some than for others. The key is to feel comfortable and to be objective. For instance, if you are discussing your record sales, it might be better to say, “I was named top producer that year and generated $1 million in revenues for the company which was a 25% increase from the prior year” rather than, “I had the best sales in the company and outsold last year’s top salesman by 200 grand.” Maintaining objectivity, poise and composure is worth its weight in gold.

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