In a job market where virtually every opening receives dozens - or hundreds - of applicants, it can be difficult to be the ONE who makes it to the finish line and receives an offer. In fact, it can be very difficult to even be selected for an interview.
However, if you have been getting a number of interviews at a variety of companies, and still have not received an offer, it would probably be a good idea to figure out what’s been going wrong.
When a hiring manager considers an applicant, he or she is not only looking for specific experience and skills, but rather, looking for "the whole package."
The whole package is someone who can not only do the job, but who will also:
All of these things, and more, are components of professionalism.
Particularly in a job market where there are many available candidates, it’s usually not difficult for a company to find people who can simply do the job. It’s all of these other factors (above) that determine which candidate is hired. [See How Employers Judge Professionalism for more.]
So take an honest look at yourself! If you’ve had a number of interviews but no offers… is it possible that you’re not presenting the most professional package?
Ask yourself some questions. Be honest, and look at yourself as an employer might see you.
In each of these areas, consider the impression you make to an employer that is likely seeing many candidates… some of whom will be prepared and exude a great deal of professionalism. How do you compare?
Before your next interview, take the time to press your clothes, practice your greeting, and your handshake. Prepare and practice your interview answers, your demeanor, and your questions. Check your attitude and determine to be upbeat, direct. You may find that taking a look yourself from the employers point of view, and preparing better will make all the difference in the world!
Harry Urschel has over 25 years experience as an independent recruiter in Minnesota. He currently operates as e-Executives, writes a blog for Job Seekers called The Wise Job Search, and can be found on Twitter as @eExecutives. He can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org