Have you participated in more than one dozen job interviews, all without one resulting in the elusive job offer you hoped to receive?  Did the hiring manager choose a different candidate because you happen to be older than any of the others they chose to interview?  Does the company feel you are too qualified for the position, and that your skill set will result in you acquiring a different job opportunity?  Perhaps you feel your job hunt has just come down to bad luck?  Are hiring managers so inept at their profession and predisposed toward a single mindset that they unable to see you are a qualified accountant, phlebotomist or legal secretary?

The truth is if you are getting rejected time and again for jobs that you can successfully accomplish with your skill set; the problem is likely to be found at your own front door.  The hiring manager or recruiter does not get paid to reject viable candidates, they are compensated for their ability to find qualified people to fill holes on the team.  The problem may be the way you are presenting yourself, a fact that should not be surprising because interviewing is an infrequent activity for most of us.

You need to analyze your interviewing presentation in the same way you would your performance in a new job. Here are three reasons why you may not be getting a job offer:

You are not qualified.

It is true that you have nothing to lose by applying for any job that looks like it could even remotely match skills you possess.  The other side of the equation is that, overstating your qualifications will result in the truth coming out in an interview.  Think twice before you set yourself up for a fall by applying for a job that clearly falls out of your level of expertise.

You do not have that “spark.”

It is completely possible to lack enthusiasm, but you do not need to display your well-developed sense of apathy while in the midst of the interview.  Even if the job is not your dream job, display enthusiasm to avoid becoming a candidate who is immediate weeded out of the second part of the interview process.  It is true that everyone will not have a bubbly personality, but the hiring manager will wonder about your attitude if you are unable to manage affable for 30 minutes.

You spoke poorly of a previous employer.

There is no quicker way to be removed from additional consideration than by saying something derogatory about your current or most recent employer.  It may be true that a former supervisor was a technically weak superior. Perhaps he or she had difficulty getting to work on time and following through on assignments that in turn impacted your work and reputation.  No matter the situation, think again before you talk to anyone about it.  Choose to positive spin on your search for a new position, explaining that you are looking for better opportunities when asked why you are looking for new employment.  Employers want to hire candidates who are interested in moving ahead, not people looking for refuge.  How you choose to explain the situation tells the interviewer more about you than about the manager you are discussing.

It is true; there are many reasons why you have not yet received an offer for employment.  These reasons are just some of the most likely for your continued search.  It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that you have that special spark, and are keeping human nature in check when talking about former employers.  Do your best to avoid anything that would prevent you from moving forward and landing the job you deserve!

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