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30 interviews and no job !!

Posted by bizcoachjason on August 28, 2007

email question:

To give a brief intro of me, I am an electrical engineer and an MBA in Finance from Mumbai. Currently working as a management trainee at Development Bank of Singapore Chola, Mumbai, India.Recently I have started looking for a job change and have appeared for nearly 30 interviews, but still wasnt able to land on a job.  I just cant understand where the things are getting wrong.I have done all the research work about how to give an interview, I dress properly, have good communications skills, exude confidence, have good body language, blah, blah, blah …

I would be grateful if anyone can provide me with some pointers as to what mistakes I am making. I am not sure if this is the place to ask for, but have posted as we have senior people over here.

Thank you for your consideration.

my reply: 

I know where you are coming from.  I have been there myself, both as an interviewing candidate and also a hiring manager.
The problem could lie in any of a number of things.  It sounds like you’ve already done quite a bit of research to narrow down those possibilities.  As a career coach, I would recommend working with someone similar near you.
The two main categories to focus on are:
·         What you are saying
·         How you are saying it

What you are saying: You need to make sure you are getting across your “value proposition”—what you bring to the company, job and hiring manager, and why they should hire you over other candidates.  You should be asking thoughtful questions and making sure the interview is a two-way street. 

How you are saying it: You already mentioned your body language, dress, confidence, etc.  Great start.  But just because you researched it, does that mean you have perfected it?  Take billiards for example.  I know the geometry of the shots—the angels, the spin needed on the ball, etc.—but I lack the physical skill to make the ball go where I want it to even though I have properly assessed the situation and set up the shot.  There’s a lot more to being capable of something than just knowing how you are supposed to do it.  So I suggest working with someone such as a coach that has lots of experience with interviewing from both sides of the desk, knows what works and what doesn’t.

I hope this helps. All the best and good luck.


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