I Get Interviews but No One Calls Back

The Problem

6no-callbackYou spent time in advance to prepare yourself and practice responding to tough interview questions.  On the day of the big event, you arrived on time, smiled, and made good eye contact.  You gave honest answers and it seemed like everything went well.  Afterwards, you even sent a thank you letter.  Weeks later, you still haven’t heard anything.  You may get a rejection letter or canned email down the road, but it doesn’t matter.  The bottom line is that you can’t seem to get over the hump and be that one best candidate who gets the job.

Did They Have An Inside Advantage?

When the interview process ends up yielding no results, it’s easy to create stories in our mind about why we didn’t get the job.  Maybe the person who got hired was good friends with the boss.  Maybe the company picked someone from inside who already knew the ropes.  Or  possibly you were beaten out by the perfect candidate:  someone with a pretty smile, an ivy-league education, and decades of experience in the field.  The fact of the matter is you may never know.  You can get mad about that, or you can get even.

Now It’s Your Turn To Beat The Competition

One often overlooked tactic for improving your interview results is to ask why you aren’t getting the job.  One of the best questions to ask towards the end of the actual interview is “What reservations do you have about picking me as your #1 candidate out of everyone you’ve interviewed so far?”  You can also ask, “How many interviews do you have left, and what are you hoping to hear from those candidates to show that they’re right for the job?”  Lastly, make sure you know when you can expect a final decision.

After the interview, there’s an art to knowing when, how, and with whom to follow up.  Each situation is a bit different, but here are a couple general rules:

#1  Always follow up by sending a written thank you note within 24 hours.

#2  Don’t be afraid to call if the company exceeds their own stated timeline for making a decision.  If you can’t reach the lead interviewer directly, leave a message and then try talking with administrative staff or someone else on the interview panel.

At Catch Your Big Break, we teach our clients to be assertive and ask specific questions when they are passed over for a position they wanted.  Too many job-seekers neglect to ask directly why they weren’t hired, and they waste a great learning opportunity as a result.

As you gather feedback, you may also develop your own ideas about why you weren’t hired.  Sometimes hiring managers have a “reason behind the reason” – something they won’t say out loud – that leads them to pass over certain candidates.  If you’re one of those candidates, you may have a hunch about how your age, physical appearance, or other factors are influencing your job search results.

It’s important to bring all of these pieces of feedback to your coach in order to get a professional perspective.  A coach can tell you whether you’re likely on the right track, or whether there are other factors you haven’t considered.  Finally, a coach can help you make the right adjustments to your current approach, so your next interview can be the one that gets you hired.

Consider what one of our recent clients said after working with her coach for just a few short weeks:

“You taught me exactly what to expect during the interview, you gave me the words to say, and gave me a level of self-confidence that impressed my new boss. Thanks for helping me land my new job.”

Ann D.
administrative professional
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Your Next Steps

Are you ready to break through the barriers that have kept you from getting job offers?

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Your own personal career coach will review your situation at no cost and offer some clear action steps to get you positive results in your career.

You can tell us all about your current efforts, ask the questions that are on your mind, and get straight-forward answers that will move you forward.  What’s more, you’ll learn how to take the right steps during each phase of the interview process to insure your ultimate success.