Do I smell bad or something?
July 18, 2013 1:11 PM Subscribe
Over the last several months, I've noticed a job hunting pattern. I apply for a job. I get called for an interview. Yay! However, despite going on MANY interviews over the past 8-9 months, I'm not able to actually close the deal. What am I doing wrong?
posted by Sara C. to Work & Money (32 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I moved from New York to Los Angeles about 9 months ago. In that time, I've been on, oh, probably dozens of job interviews. It feels like a million. And yet over and over, those interviews don't turn into jobs.
Now, it's possible that this is just the luck of the draw, but I can't help but feel that there's a pattern here. Especially since, in my entire career up to this point, I have ALWAYS nailed job interviews. I think I went on three job interviews in my entire working life (15-ish years) that I didn't get. And those interviews obviously didn't go well -- I knew on leaving the room that I'd blown it, or that we didn't hit it off, or whatever.
- I'm not appropriately dressed or groomed. The reason I bring this up is that there's a definite difference between NY and LA aesthetics, especially for women, and I don't feel like I've entirely figured out all the nuances. I don't wear much makeup, rarely wear heels, and my personal style tends to be more quirky/vintage than on-trend or corporate. I'm also about 10 lbs overweight. I feel like I'm nailing my New York "job interview look" that has worked in the past, but maybe something is lost in translation?
- I'm overselling myself in my resume and/or cover letter, or applying for the wrong jobs. (This seems weird to me, since I'm mostly applying to the exact types of jobs I used to apply for in New York.)
- I'm not talking about myself well, or selling my skills well in an interview context.
- Some faux pas I'm committing that I have no idea about.
Obviously you guys aren't in the room with me when I'm interviewing. So I guess my question is, what are some obvious things indicated by "gets lots of interviews, never gets job offers"? How can I gauge where the problem lies, or be more self aware of how I'm presenting myself in person? Is there a way to be a better "closer" in job interviews?
Note: I have a job currently, but it's very low status, low pay, and not in my field. This is the job I had to take because it was this or starve. Interestingly, I interviewed for this job via Skype. I have continued to interview for other jobs in my field since getting this job.
Another note: Up until now, I've worked in a non-creative capacity in the entertainment industry. I did not find it difficult to break into this field post-college, and I have a strong resume. I also have good references, and in at least one situation someone I interviewed with knew someone who had worked with me in the past in New York and commented positively about the connection. So on the one hand, hard field to get a job in, but on the other hand, "breaking in" doesn't seem to be the problem here.