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Plenty of interviews, but no job offers?

The Hiring Process Interviewing Strategies

Question:

I’ve had quite a few job interviews, but no offers. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:

The good news is that employers are calling you for interviews, so you must have a great résumé! Usually when one gets this far and stalls in the process, there is something that needs to be done differently in the interview, as you’ve already figured out. So what can you do differently for better success?

Preparation for your next interview is key. The more you know about the company, the better off you are. Many people neglect this important step. Sooner or later, the interviewer will ask, “So why do want to work here?” Or “Why should we hire you?” If you know about the company, and why you and your skills are such a great match for the job, the answers are easy. If you haven’t done your homework, you’re probably finished already.

You’ll also want to have good answers in mind for common interview questions, such as “What is your greatest weakness?” and “What do you hope to be doing in five years?” There’s also the dreaded “Tell me about yourself.” You can find an infinite number of interview questions, often with suggested answers, on the Internet.

If you come to the FCWS seminar, “Interview Success,” you’ll get a chance to answer those and other challenging questions. Our instructor will even provide a free critique of your answers, and those of your classmates. See the FCWS Calendar of Events for the next session.

Finally, take the opportunity to do a Professional Practice Interview at FCWS. Ask at the Resource Desk, and you can have a Workforce Development Board member, or a staff member, provide a Practice Interview for you. They will tell you all the things you already do well, and give you some ideas for improvement, specifically tailored to your own interviewing skills. If you need phone interview practice, that’s available too.

Some career centers charge as much as $200 for this service; you can get it from FCWS at no charge.

Don’t wonder any longer, and don’t let another interview go by. Do the Professional Practice Interview. It will serve you well.

 

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.