INTERVIEWS / JUL. 25, 2015
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3 Reasons You Keep Getting Interviews But No Offers


Searching for a new job can be challenging and exhausting, and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting job interviews but no offers. If you’re getting calls for interviews, this means the employer was impressed by your resume or application, and he feels you might be a right fit for the position. So, if your interviews never turn into offers, you might be doing something on the interview that turns off employers.

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Here are three possible reasons why you keep getting interviews, but no job offers.

1. You Didn't Establish Your Worth

You might be the perfect applicant for a position on paper, but if you don’t establish your worth on the interview, the employer might have second guesses in hiring you.

Some job applicants make the mistake of focusing on “what a company can do for them.” Yet, the focus should be on “what you can do for the company.”

If an employer is interviewing five or ten qualified candidates, he needs to know from the very beginning why you’re the number one choice for the position. Remember, you are competing for a job. So you have to make it perfectly clear why the employer should hire you, and be ready to explain how your skills and experience can take the company to the next level.

Bottom Line: Don’t focus so much on yourself. Do research and ask questions about the company. Demonstrate your excitement and eagerness to help the company advance.

2. You Don't Have Good Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are must-have attributes for any job applicant. An employer cannot assess your interpersonal skills by simply looking at your application or resume. It’s only on the interview that he can gauge whether you have the personality and strength to handle a particular job, and whether you’re able to adapt to the company culture.

Interpersonal skills include verbal communication skills, which is about how well you communicate and express yourself, as well as non-verbal skills. In other words, do you maintain good eye contact? What does your body language say about your confidence level? Other interpersonal skills include problem-solving, listening, good manners and social awareness.

Bottom Line: If you’re awkward, overly timid or uncomfortable on the interview, the employer may conclude that you’re unable to handle the responsibilities, although you have the skills and experience.

3. You Were Unprepared for the Interview

Don’t walk into an interview unprepared to answer the employer’s questions. Even if you’re a people-person with the gift of gab, a job interview is one thing you shouldn’t wing.

No matter the job you’re applying for, you can search online for commonly asked interview questions for the position. This gives you an idea of the type of questions the employer might ask, so you can think of responses in advance and provide clear answers. If you’re asked a question and you hesitate and stumble over your words, or if it’s obvious you’re talking off the top of your head, this doesn’t give the best impression.

Bottom Line: Employers know when applicants are unprepared. If you couldn’t take time out of your schedule to prepare for the interview, don’t expect to receive a job offer.

See Also: 5 Ways to Rescue a Job Interview Heading in the Wrong Direction

Even if you rock a job interview, there’s no guarantee you’re going to get an offer. But if you improve your interview skills and give employers what they want, a job offer will come sooner rather than later.

Do you recognize the above mistakes? What would you do to improve your interview skills? Let us know in the comments section below.

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