An executive job search can be challenging regardless of the economy. Even during boom times, career consultants often get asked, “Why are my interviews going nowhere?” This question arises when you have no trouble getting invited to interviews but then there is no follow
Here is a checklist for you:
(1) Are you applying for jobs in fields where you are not qualified? When your industry dies, you may have to find a new place to search. But you also need t update your resume and prepare answers to interview questions.
(2) Are you honestly overqualfied for jobs you seek? You may think you are willing to learn but employers realize it’s difficult to downsize your aspirations. I discourage my own clients from taking a step backward. In my experience, this option leads to nothing but frustration.
(3) Are you explaining too much? Questions like, “Why did you leave your last job?” call for a prepared sound bite answer.
(4) Are you illustrating your experience with stories of success? When asked, “What is your strength?” do you give an example of how your strength helped you carry out a project and achieve results?
(5) Are you focusing on yor employer’s perspective, rather than your own? For example, do you talk about wanting a challenge and personal growth? Or do you relate all your answers to the employer’s bottom line?
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