Job Offers: 10 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job Offer

Interview doldrums got you down? Didn’t get the job offer you wanted? Got the bad interview blues? Does “I didn’t get the job” feel like your new mantra?

Although I wish with all my heart you would get the job offer you want every time you interview and then be the one who gets to decide whether to accept the job or not, sometimes you just didn’t get the job offer – even if you’re totally qualified.  Instead, you got a polite turn down or a cool rejection letter…or worse yet, you heard nothing back from them. Waiting. Waiting some more. In deep silence. No phone call. No e-mail. No rejection letter. No response at all. Crickets chirping. Grrrr.

And you can’t help wondering “Why don’t they like me? What did I do wrong in my interview? Why didn’t I get an offer even after a really good interview?” And it hurts. You feel utterly frustrated by the whole hiring process!

But apart from just not having the right skills or there being someone so exactly suited to the job even a perfect candidate like you has to be turned down, what kinds of things might have gotten in the way of a job offer or even a second interview? Let’s see if these tips can help you with your next interview!

Things that can turn a job interview cold – and get you rejected!

  1. Low energy
  2. Vague answers
  3. Way too talkative or way too quiet
  4. Not listening well and instead answering what you feel like saying
  5. Not offering strong examples of things you’ve done well
  6. Arriving late
  7. Dressing inappropriately
  8. Acting unprofessionally and/or overly friendly
  9. Poor eye contact or body language (too stiff, too shlumpy)
  10. You act the way you think they’d want you to and aren’t being yourself

Any of this sound familiar? Good news is you can work on any or all of these things and come to the next interview prepared with your best interview posture, good eye contact, fully-engaged energy, great stories about things you’ve made happen, etc.

Of course, there’s also the possibility it wasn’t a bad interview after all.  Maybe they simply hired someone else from the company they already knew and the posting was just protocol. Or there just wasn’t any chemistry. This happens sometimes. In either of these particular cases (other than staying in touch) there’s really nothing you can do; you just need to put this behind you and move on. As in a dating relationship, when it’s not right, best to let it go and look for one that works.

An interview is never over until it’s over

One note: Even if you get the feeling the interview is going south or was never a real interview to begin with, you still want to give your strongest, most naturally likable interview no matter what. Don’t decide to reject them before they reject you.

Why? Because there may be someone you meet during the process who remembers you for another time.  In fact, I just recommended someone I met a year ago who was wrong for that job but may be exactly right for the position they’re looking to fill now.  It always pays to turn on your best interview charm until you are out the door – and out of the building. Remember…each person you meet counts. Even impressions made on receptionists or doormen matter!

Whether it’s a job interview or anything else – all you can do is your best

If you don’t get the job, it just wasn’t meant to be – at least not this time. Use each rejection as a chance to redouble your determination to get the next one. Or the one after that. Your job is coming.

But…if you aren’t sure you’re interviewing at the top of your game, this is definitely a chance to brush up your resume (may open up different types of jobs) as well as your interview skills. For interview help, you might find these earlier posts helpful:

15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

The Single Most Important Thing in Any Job Interview

Good luck!  Hope you find a job you love.

~ Ronnie Ann

Do you have any stories about your own interviews? Did you ever feel the room go cold?

You might also find this post helpful 

Not Hired? 10 Possible Reasons Outside of Your Control

Not Hired? 10 Possible Reasons You Can Control

How To Tell If a Job Interview Went Well

How to Work with Internal Recruiters

How to work with External Recruiters


About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.


  1. I just back from an interview. My interview was well over an hour and the manager even stepped out to get a hold of her boss. So overall, I think my interveiw went well. But I verbally told the hiring manager I really want to work at the company at least three times. At the third time, I almost felt pathetic. Now I feel like I’ll never get a call back because I looked too desperate. Anyone experienced similar situation?

    • chandlee says:


      It’s natural to reflect badly on an interview after you have one. But I’d urge you not to do that. It sounds like the interview went well — and there’s no need to beat yourself up about the job!

      In addition, try looking at the situation from another perspective — employers don’t want to interview candidates, extend a job offer, and then have it turned down later! It’s just like College Admissions – schools want the students they invite to attend, to enroll in the school!

      So saying you want to work at a company where you are interviewing is actually a good thing. That said, next time — it’s only necessary to say this once at twice. You don’t look desperate until you follow-up three times a week (a strategy which we don’t recommend.)

      Good luck and all the best,

    • Hi Linda,
      This is nothing new, I’ve been in this situation many times and I can tell you, I’ve developed thick skin and don’t take the interviewer’s performance personally. In the good old days when you expressed an interest in the position you usually got it, not anymore, this is a different world and the employed people enjoy playing gods.

      Many times when I asked for the position and showed interest, I have been told “FYI we are interviewing other candidates and we will let you know our decision in a week” , so after you sent a thank you note a week goes by and no one calls.

      My last interview was a nightmare. The “boss” was 25 min late, he didn’t even shake my hand, he sat down and started yawning, that was the beginning. I explained what I did and how great and how much I would thrive in that position and how great asset I would be, than I asked questions, I got vague answers and than finally he said I will let you know my decision by the end of the week, that never happened, so I called him and he said that the company is reorganizing and decided not to hire anybody.

      Don’t feel bad or desperate, the hiring process sucks and you should stay strong and positive, what I can suggest – network as much as you can and find people in the similar profession you are and make connections and friends, make they can pulls some string ;-).

      Good Luck!

      • Thank you so much for your help!! I got a call this morning from hr :) I got the job!!
        I guess they really saw that I wanted the job.

        Thank you once again for your advice and support!

  2. Jonathan says:

    So in other words, if I go to an interview, and the interviewer tells me he will get back to me in a week, and I never hear from him again, and he continually ducks my phone calls, it either means I did something wrong, or I didn’t do something wrong. (Sarcasm) Well, now I understand everything.

    • chandlee says:


      You sound pretty frustrated. The process of applying for jobs isn’t fun — especially when feedback is not provided. And it does happen for all kind of reasons — many of which have nothing to do with applicants but rather with protocol or internal disorganization.

      Sorry we don’t have a magic bullet, but we do wish you well in your search.


  3. The interview I just had was awful. I had the last slot of the day and it seemed pretty clear they had already worked out who they wanted and i wasn’t me, as such, my presence in the room was a clear obstacle to them finishing early! The interview proceeded at the speed of a rocket and I found myself out on the street wondering what had happened. Their were 4 people in the room and the guy in charge seemed more intent on proving how clever he was than finding out anything about me. Some interviews are bad not because the person who applies is bad, but because the firm itself is crap. I didn’t get that job and to be honest, I am glad. If they treated me poorly in an interview, how would they have treated me if I had got the job!!!!

    Oh another interview I went for the guy holding the interviews was 90 minutes late for work!!! No explanation of apology was given, just show to his room and on we went!

    The market is suppressed, jobs are hard to find, some employers are taking advantage of this to behave badly.

    • chandlee says:


      I am sorry to hear of your experience. In the future, when given the opportunity to interview — I recommend you try not to go for the last slot of the day, especially before a holiday. If there’s an option, change the interview time and date. Statistics actually show that people are most likely to be happy with interviews that occur AFTER lunch!

      It is quite possible that others in the interview observed their colleague’s interactions with a bit of disdain. Sounds like this job is done — and that the work environment isn’t a fit for you. But if this happens to you in a future interview, recommend you send in a thank you note to the individual who arranged the interview. It’s okay to let them know it was a faster interview than you had expected, that you remain interested, and that you are available should they have further questions.

      Keep up the search. Remember: Slow and steady often wins the race — and employees who behave badly in interviews, often perform poorly in their jobs as well. If unemployed, you may also want to take a look at temporary jobs as often they give you the chance to get a foot in the door without going through an arduous interviewing process. And many employers later hire temp staff.

      Good luck and all the best,

  4. Hello,
    just wanted to share my frustration about the very recent job interview. I answered to a job posting at a pet hospital. It said that experience wasn’t necessary and they will train the right person. Well, I KNOW I’m the right person because working as a vet assistant has always been my dream and I’m as willing to learn as it gets. So I dropped by the hospital, filled in the application stating my extensive experience in customer service along with the job history. Got a call from the manager the very next day, scheduled an interview for Monday. It went great! She seemed extremely nice, genuine and made me feel absolutely at ease. I know she liked me. My lack of experience didn’t bother her at all taking into consideration that they almost always hire people with no experience and train on the job. Then she even went beyond and got me a brief interview with the Doctor right then and there. That one went well too. I was so excited at how well it all went, I was even looking up some scrubs online imagining how I’m gonna look wearing them to work…
    Well, on Thursday, three days later and with no call from them I mustered up the courage and made the call myself. The manager who interviewed me wasn’t there, but when I started to leave her a message they stopped me and said that they are trying someone else right now and my application is gonna stay on file. My heart dropped…That means I’m out, they hired somebody else…
    I’m still thinking of mailing a thank you note via snail mail. But I know now that no matter how well the interview went and how good the chemistry was, there’s still no guarantees :(

  5. I am older lady and fat, well certainly overweight. I dress very professionally and am good at my job. About 6 months ago a friend suggested I apply at the company she was working because they had an opening and it would be more money. I am anxious to get a new job because the company i am at is suffering, with layoffs etc. I felt I did well in the interview but never got a call back. My friend said a friend of another lady got the job. 3 weeks ago. I received a call back from the person I had interviewed with asking if I was still interested. I jumped at the chance and he set up interviews. I felt confident because they had called me. I took vacation days for the interviews and bought new clothes. Interveiwed with him, then interviewed with HR and then interviewed with President. the interview with President felt “wrong”. I may be imagining it but I felt he looked at me, and didn’t want me. That feeling permeated the whole interview and I’m sure I came across as nervouse. I got home and he had sent me an e-mail asking for a more detailed resume so I sent that. I am not certain if they had another candidate, but I think so. Its been 3 days and no call, nothing. I’m sad, hurt, frustrated. A lot of time, money and hope was spent on that interview process. Why did they call me and then not even let me know whats going on? I guess they just didnt’ want me?

    • Dear Tired,

      I wouldn’t rule yourself out after three days. While you experience the interview process from the perspective of a candidate, companies typically schedule more than one interview for a position — and cannot make a decision on who to hire until all of those interviews are finished. Be patient with the process.

      Take good care of yourself, and consider applying for other opportunities beyond this one as well: It sounds like you’ve got the clothes to go on more interviews, even if this one doesn’t work out. Don’t let your perceptions of the reactions of others to interview questions rattle you…You can’t control the questions others ask, but you can always control how you react to them.

      Good luck,

  6. I had an itnerview about two weeks ago for a new graduate position with an oil and gas company. The job description was really similar to my current internship and I made subtly emphasize that I knew all the software and had pretty much been doing this job for eight months.

    There were three interviewers, two accountants and an HR lady. Both accountants seemed really impressed, and when I emailed them with additional questions, they replied quickly with detailed responses.

    The HR lady said that they would let me know about a second interview this week and I got a generic rejection email this morning, I can’t understand what went wrong, as the interviewers seemed really interested, I felt like the interview went really well and yet I didn’t get the job. Why?

    • Confused,

      There are a number of things that could have happened — including a company decision not to fill the position right now. I suggest that you reach out to the accountants, express your disappointment with not being selected for a second interview but also your willingness to be open to any feedback that they may be able to provide you with…

      Good luck and hang in there. It sounds like you have valuable skills and experience that will be valuable to an employer.

      All the Best,

  7. Hi there,
    I recently was rejected for a position with a large corporation after 2 months of speaking and 8 interviews. The company flew me out twice, on both sides of the country…all the interviews went very well until the very last one. The interview was with the VP of HR, who had nothing to do with my job….I felt that the interview had NOTHING to do with my skill set, experience, or education, but more of a personal attack of my weaknesses rather than my accomplishments…the person I was to report to had been told NOT to extend an offer due to the fact that this guy just didn’t like me, no other reason…sometimes it’s not about filling the role, but a personality conflict…after I was told the news, I thought maybe it had to do with a hidden sexual preference. I am male, I would have reported to a female who reported to a female who reported to a female who reported to this corporate jerk male…it’s funny how everyone up to that point were all giving the green light, then last second corporate bully who described himself as “the dove that flies into to rain fescies on everyone and leave” had to say no…anyways that is my story and the job search continues…

    • CJ,

      Sorry to hear your story. As painful as the experience was, perhaps it would benefit to reach out get feedback from the VP of HR. State your disappointment, and ask for feedback on how you could improve your candidacy for next time.

      I once saw this work so well that the rejected candidate was reconsidered.

      Good luck and all the best,

  8. Andrew Kelly says:

    I have been to several interviews in the past and I must say that not one company or hiring manager know what they want even if it came out and danced on their desk. I have been to many interviews in the past and was poorly mistreated. I have a mild cerebral problem which affects my vocal cords but not my abilities for the job. Many interviews the hiring manager walked out after the first few seconds of me speaking saying, “I don’t want to deal with this!!!” or as another excuse, “You don’t look like…” who am I supposed to look like George Harrison? Michael Keaton? I will give you case in point of how dumb hiring managers are. I have a Business Management Diploma along with Real Estate property management and 12 years security experience along with computer repair and electricity. I have assisted with my parents with their property management problems handling rental and condo board concerns. I applied when I lived in BC for jobs in property management. I got no response as most employers want 4-8 years experience. I finally I nailed 2 interviews out of the hundreds of resumes I sent out. At the interview I was told “I have related experience and can’t hire because of related experience.” I was shown the door. So why are employers bitching about experience and lack of in Canada when somebody comes in the door with once in a life time skills. Employers completely ignored my Business Management diploma talking to me like as if I am a two year old, and ignored my Property Management certificate from University of British Columbia, (UBC) which is a requirement to get my Real Estate License. I thought employers like to save money as I am per-trained with my related skills and education. It seems they like to complain and hire some goof and then go to the newspapers and complain about lack of skilled Canadians. Related experience is not good enough some how the hiring manager had the experience fairy hit them on the head and “poof 8 years experience.” Gee I wonder how hiring managers got hired after the fact in reality they had related skills or somebody gave them a break in their career and that is how they are interviewing me or else they would not be sitting in their chair making decisions. Employers kept telling me “You don’t have condo board experience.” Then why did I take the course and how do you think I got around condo board decisions that where illegal according to the law? Secondly, my security background in handling situations and Business Management Diploma from community college helped as well as I used that, “Related experience!!!” to make the decisions. What people are saying “You can’t use my bathroom because you don’t have direct experience you have related experience using your bathroom.” Somebody trained these people, instead of making the applicant go through hoops and hurdles to get hired give them a break like somebody did to you because no experience was never thrown in your face when you got hired or how else are you interviewing me, you had related experience. Because of this charade of stupidly and mistreatment of applicants they are forced to take a lower pay job or go on welfare because employers play these mind games

  9. Just wanted to give some encouragement to anyone who feels their interview went poorly or who didn’t get the job. Four years ago, I went through a dreadfully long interview process for a job I really wanted and got the dreaded rejection letter about three days after the final interview. The whole process had taken over 2 months. As disappointed as I was, it didn’t come as a surprise because there were some aspects of the job for which I had little experience. About 2 weeks after the rejection, I got a call from the interviewer asking me if I was still interested in the position! Their “first choice” candidate had decided to accept another position in another company. Ok, my pride was a little bruised knowing the company was “settling” with me, but I quickly accepted. Withing 6 months I was promoted to another position and received another promotion at the 2 year mark. In 4 years, my salary is 50% more than my original salary. Never give up and never burn bridges. You just never know what may be going on behind the scenes. Good luck to everyone.

  10. I just have to get this off my chest and hopefully I can then move on. I had what I thought was a great experience interviewing for a job I really REALLY wanted. I have been underemployed for nearly 3+ years in a dying industry and after applying to jobs that were simply “jobs” that paid better but really didn’t offer much of anything else I saw this one and felt is was absolutely perfect for me. Nearly three weeks went by and I got an invite to test for basic skills required for the job. Passed. I got an email maybe a week later asking if would like to schedule a phone interview and that happened maybe 3 days later. It was great and that interviewer said that she would forward the results (and I didn’t ask what they were) to the hiring managers and they would determine if they wanted to go further. Well, I got an email maybe a full week later requesting a full on interviews: a one on one and with a group of managers. I was a wreck! I called/texted/emailed friends and family and ask them to pray on my behalf that I would have a successful experience. I was so nervous but God worked it out in my favor. I got there early and as I was sitting there four more people showed up for their interview. We all were taken to a conference room as a group initially for a introduction and overview + q&a, video and it was WONDERFUL! It eased the anxiety so much and the manager was great. After about 30 minutes four other mangers came in and for about fifteen more minutes we continued with the overview and then each manager took an applicant with them for their one on one. Well my interview was with the first one who we spent the first part and since we had that time, I was now at ease because I had a sense of him and he me. I thought it went great and it lasted longer than everyone else’s. The last part was that we each were required to write a cover letter saying why we should be hired. I struggled to say more than what I already expressed in the verbal interview and so I left it short, to the point and reiterated but in a more minimal way why I should be hired. Can’t remember verbatim but since I was the last one in the room, I took a chance and asked the monitor if she thought this was to short/long. She looked around (she wasn’t supposed to give an op) and then read it and said “it’s the best one I’ve seen.” Anyway, that was all on Feb 12th and today is March 18th. The Job was to start on March 11th. I’ve called twice and was told that I was still being considered and the time was not out of the ordinary. I was also told twice that I would receive an email if they were taking a pass. I’m in such a quandary about it all. One part of me says keep hanging on to what they’ve said was so and I will be offered the job. The other part is that I’ve been hoodwinked lol. There is really no advice anyone can give and like I said at the top, I just needed to get it out and so thanks for listening.

    • Hi MML,

      I would say that you should continue to stay in touch, no more often than once a week. And, keep looking for that next job! This may work out for you – the signs you describe certainly sound promising – but it may not.

      So, keep looking!

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Thanks so much Susan for your encouragement. Interestingly enough I realized this morning that yesterday was the first time since I first since even the phone interview that I haven’t thought about any of it. I did call last Thursday (3/21) and was told I was still on the list (so to speak). I pointblank asked if I should let it go. She advised against it but could offer nothing more. I think that’s when I DID finally let it go and what I mean by that is; I hope they do call me but like you say, keep looking.

        Sincere thanks again

        • Hi Mml,

          Great! Just keep at it, and one of these days you’ll get the call that means your job search is over.

          Keep us posted.

          Good luck with your job search!

  11. Anthony says:

    I had a phone interview for a job on the other side of the country a few minutes ago. Phone interviews always seem like they are “easier” because you can reference to your paperwork without the interviewer knowing. Lol. In any event, they had 11 questions for me and had a 1/2 hour for the interview. Literally a 1/2 hour. I answered 9 out of the 11 questions due to the time. I then had 4 minutes to ask questions and tell them why I was an excellent candidate. I think I answered all of the questions very well. Because I didn’t “finish” the interview, am I doomed? I really want this job! Thanks for any advice!

    • Hi Anthony,

      I doubt that you are “doomed” – the fact that they didn’t get all 11 questions asked seems to indicate that you provided very interesting answers to the first 9. Hopefully, they were arranged in descending order of importance because I bet they run out of time often.

      Hope that you sent them a “thank you” for the interview. If you didn’t, send one now. Then, in a week, get back in touch to see what is going on – ask them the next steps and the timing. They will probably be too optimistic on the timing, but it’s good to know their plans.

      Keep looking!

      Good luck with your job search!

  12. misschris says:

    I have no.11 plain old racism. I cannot tell u how many times I’ve gone to an interview and the hiring manager’s eyes look like they will pop out of the socket. Being very attractive and intelligent is a great recipe for a business owner perhaps not an employee. I don’t work in a field where there are a lot of minorities represented either. Add all of these things together and I am going on 7 months of being unemployed. Seems that men want a bed buddy while women dont want the competition.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Misschris,

      No question, racism exists. So does sexism, ageism, and many other forms of discrimination – unfortunately too many to list or to count.

      Speaking as a woman over 40 (by a lot), I know from personal experience how easy it is to blame one of the “isms” for something that may have very little to do with what happened. We blame the first thing that comes to mind for us when we are rejected or ignored.

      However, the problem is that the “ism” may not be the problem in every situation. It’s a conclusion we all often quickly reach based on past experience but it is not always either accurate or smart.

      Given that you have been unemployed for 6 months, look for ways to prove you have kept up your skills. Try volunteering for a non-profit organization that is important to you, preferably doing work in your field (marketing, sales, whatever). This kind of activity shows that you are a go-getter and up-to-date. Volunteering gets you out of your home, away from your computer, and helps build your network, too – all very useful in a job search. Give it a try.

      Good luck with your job search!

  13. I want to share with you my experience in job seeking field which is very bad.I have just finished univesrity (bsc computer science) and i have no previous experience.I did a website without taking money to show my skills.One year now i went to 5 interviews and the process wan’t good because after the interview the hr or company didnt even send me a rejection email and no response at all.That is very bad because they give you a hope and they take it back.I remeber the last interview , the hr gave me a test, i did it and they said me that they will respond when they have time to review it.After 3 weeks no response and i called them, they told me that they wont hire anyone for now and maybe they will open the position again in the future.(believe them or they have hired someone else?who knows?).
    Any advice is welcome.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Mario,

      Hart to tell what happened in these instances, but it sounds fairly typical. Many employers don’t treat job seekers very well.

      Suggestion: perhaps an internship in IT and/or volunteering to provide IT support for a non-profit will give you not only more experience but also add relevant work history to your resume and expand your network.

      Good luck with your job search!

  14. I recently interviewed
    First Interview:
    Guy one: “I’m really excited. I can really see you going places in this company… On and on and on (SIC)”

    Second Interview:
    Guy two: “I’m almost ready to extend you an offer. I just got back from vacation and have paperwork to catch up on, and I have a couple more interviews to do. We’ll be in touch.”

    I’m feeling really good at this point. In fact almost to the point of arrogance…

    Days turn into a week…
    I call them.
    “We decided to go with another candidate I’m sorry.”

    Why didn’t I get the job? It was such a sure thing! I have no idea how they could have been any more dazzled…

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Luke,

      Hard as it is to believe, this isn’t particularly unusual. You probably did dazzle them!

      Then, someone else was more dazzling or better connected (referred by another employee or an internal candidate looking for a promotion) or had better references or any one of a million other things.

      If you would really like to work there, send them another thank you. In this one, thank them for letting you know the outcome (many people never find out what happened) and for the opportunity to meet them and to learn more about the company. Tell them you were disappointed not to get this job, but to keep you in mind for the next similar opportunity. It sounds crazy, but it works frequently enough to be worth the effort if you do really want to work there.

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Susan,

        Wow thanks for the fast response and sound advice!

        I had already followed it and in my heart knew it… I’m just in a rut with this being laid off thing, and my interview last Friday was responded with “overqualified”. When just a few years ago it was “lack of experience.”

        I’m getting a little discouraged and hoped you had some magic words to make it all better. :)

        A side note of advice I can offer myself to the job seeker who is currently unemployed…

        DO go do your errands cleaned up and dressed as if you’re going to an interview. Even if you’re just going to the grocery. Crazy right? I was called into that first interview short notice, “can you be here by an hour from now?”
        I’d really hate to have to say “No, I need leave the store, drive home, change clothes, and come back.”
        I was prepared with hard copies of my resume, reference contact info, wearing interview clothes, etc on short notice and they knew it, and made it a point to say they were impressed by it.
        TLDR: The majority of people aren’t expecting the unexpected. Create an easy opportunity to show you do. Although I didn’t get the job; it isn’t out of reach if their selection doesn’t work out.

  15. Hello
    I had an interview today and now looking back i feel so embarrassed……………………. I asked such pathetic questions like – will there be a pay increase lol and I like to be kept busy don’t like to work anywhere if its boring oooohhh what have I done

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ash,

      Too bad! Possibly you can recover in your thank you by emphasizing something they liked about you.

      And, for that next interview, prepare some questions in advance. It shows that you’re interested, and it gives you more information, in case they make you an offer. This post might help – How to Ask the Right Questions.

      Good luck with your job search!

  16. You are doing a great job :-)

    I had 2 interviews last month.

    At company 1: The manager said don’t join company#2 and even took me out of lunch to talk about it and asking me not to join company 2. The next day they called me back to talk to the VP (vice president of the company). The VP asked my salary and my joining date etc.

    At company 2: I had a bit of an argument with one of the interviewers because I was asking her questions regarding the problem she asked me to solve and she got frustrated. The director came after her and told me not to base my decision on the previous lady. He then took me to the senior VP and told him I brought you a candidate and you know that I don’t bring people whom I am planning to let go. The Senior VP asked me to tell why I should be picked and I spoke. He then said, he is sold. He told me “We’ll do anything to get you here, any job role you want. All that can be taken care of. Here is my business card. Call me if you need anything or before you make any decision.” He also told me don’t join company #1

    1 week later: Both companies told me they picked someone else :-)

    Yesterday I had another interview. The interview was supposed to be one hour but it went on for two hours. It was a Skype call (till 11:30pm for me. The interviewer who was the VP was from the west coast so 3 hours behind on the clock). The VP gave me a problem to solve and after solving the first one which took an hour, he asked me if I wanted to solve another one. I said sure and then I solved the second problem. He then said pretty good. After I told him the answer, he said he is keeping up pace with me and he needed to solve the problem himself to know the right answer, and our answers matched. He told me they are looking for smart people to hire because its a start up, smart people like me. He also told me that they will get back to me in the next couple of days, but they will get back for sure. He also told me that my previous skills are a good feather in the cap for me.

    I am afraid that he was telling me these things because he probably dint want me to feel bad. The first 2 rounds (a week back) were with the CEO and the CTO and they said they will immediately schedule follow up interviews. Whenever they say couple of days, thats when I feel the rope gets thinner to stand on. I am really not sure what to do to get honest answers from their end. This interview will mostly meet the same fate as the ones I had last month.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Vik,

      They could be “stringing you on,” or they could be genuinely working through their hiring process, which usually takes time – even for a small company like a start-up.

      Many things happen behind the scenes on the employer’s side that have absolutely nothing to do with you before the job offer gets generated or, even, the next round of interviews (if any) is scheduled. And, in a start-up, multiply the things that can impact the timing of a job offer. Start-ups usually operate on very thin financial ice unless they have a lot of funding behind them, and most don’t.

      So, be patient, but do continue hunting for a job until you are holding a written job offer in your hand, one that you are willing to accept because it agrees with your understanding of the job (job title, salary and compensation, start date, location, etc.).

      As the old saying goes, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.” So, don’t anticipate a rejection that might not happen.

      Good luck with your job search!

      • I did get the job offer :-) I was contacted on Monday after my interviews were done on Friday. I signed the offer. I am however waiting on the visa paperwork from their end which seems to take forever. I hope they are not stringing on me at this juncture :-) thank you for all your guidance and support :-)

        • Susan P. Joyce says:

          Congratulations! Excellent news, Vik! Thank you for letting us know!

          Happy to help – that’s what Work Coach Cafe is all about.

  17. Good afternoon,

    I literally apply for hundreds of job adverts each and every week, I live in London UK and most of the jobs are being taken over by polish immigrants, not because the English don’t want the jobs, but because it is much cheaper for companies to employ them over us. It doesn’t give me much great hope for the future here, because how am I supposed to start a family with my partner when I can’t even get past the interview stages. I have had at least 45 interviews so far this year, I even get to the 2nd interview stage. But what I have noticed here in the UK is that the people who are now doing the majority of the interviewing are below the age of 20. So at my interviews I am getting interviewed by people much younger than myself (33) and they clearly have not had the years of experience to even earn them the right to interview people or candidates, because they are looking for young people just like themselves, who can mingle and party at the weekend with them. I have tailored my interviews as perfectly as humanly possible to describe my experience to their specific job requirements, with a confident manner. But still getting nowhere. It doesn’t help that advertisements are given to internal candidates, but if that is the case then why waste genuine peoples time and fares? I have a job interview today at 2:00pm for an administration role. I will be positive, because no two interviews are exactly the same. But it just frustrates me because all I want is to get a job in order for me and my girlfriend to have a normal life ie kids, marriage etc.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Well, I can certainly understand and sympathize with your frustration, and I know you will eventually connect with a good job. But, getting to that point is a struggle.

      Without knowing what kind of jobs your are looking for, it’s hard for me to give you specifically relevant advice. But, reading your comment, a couple of things seem to be worthy of consideration:

      • Get help with your job search -

        Find a job search buddy or join a job club. They expand your network, help you learn more about what works and what doesn’t work from people who are out there trying, too.
      • Aply for fewer jobs

        Focus on the jobs you want that are good fits at employers where you would really like to work. You’ll do a better job of both applying and also preparing for the interviews. Plus, you’ll have time to follow up better, as well.
      • Network

        Spend more time networking, meeting with people who would be your peers or bosses in your target job. The human connection is the reason people hire, and bosses are always worried about making a “bad hire” (someone who doesn’t work out, meaning going through the expensive hiring process again). But, if the boss knows you or if another employee knows you, you are a less risky hire.
      • Prepare well for interviews -

        Learn as much as you can about the organization and the people interviewing you. Google, Bing, and LinkedIn can be very useful for this. Then you’ll have good questions to ask, and you’ll have a good answer to the “So, what do you know about us?” interview question.

      Keep trying!

      Good luck with your job search!

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