So you're a great candidate with a great resume. You're getting interviews—maybe even second or third round interviews—but then it stops. Somebody else gets the job. Your inner critic chimes in and starts beating you up over what you potentially did wrong.
The good news is, your application materials are working. Your resume and cover letter are getting you in the door and that can be the biggest hurdle. Now it's time to fine tune your process.
So there you have it—an honest look at some of the potential factors causing you to hit the employment wall. Let's face it, you might be a terrific candidate but someone ahead of you was just an ounce better. With a little detective work, are you able to find out why? Do your homework, examine your process—tweak and practice—and you will soon be that next great candidate. If you're still feeling ovewhelmed or stumped, reach out to a mentor or hire a career professional who is willing to give constructive, supportive critique.
Can you think of more interview problems/solutions? Feel welcome to comment below!
Brad Waters, MSW provides career coaching and consultation to clients by phone nationwide. He helps people clarify their career direction and take action on life transitions. Brad holds a Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan and is a preferred career coach for the University of Michigan Alumni Association. More info at BradWatersCoaching.com
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