I Have the Skills & Experience for the Job But Not Getting The Interview | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1074 I offer some ideas for why that may be happening.

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The question for today is, "I have all the experience for the job, but I'm not getting the interview. What's wrong?"

There are several possibilities for why this is happening.

Let me start off as an obvious one. You may think you have all the skills and experience needed to do the job, but your resume doesn't say that. Thus, they don't know that. You are asserting it but that doesn't convince them. It is what is in the document that you are submitting to them. That is the differentiator. Unless it is in the resume, unless it is sufficiently explained in the resume, they don't believe you.

Also, you may not have enough of the experience. You have done for 3 months and they are looking for 7 or 8 years of experience. Sorry! You are not qualified. You don't have all the experience and you don't have all the skills.

Another possible reason is that you are overestimating your skills and your knowledge. That comes across as, " I have one year of experience and they are looking for four. Hey, I have all the skills and experience!" Thus, in their mind, you don't! And, since they have to live with the impact of your performance, you are not qualified. They have figured out in their mind what is needed to be successful in the job. You don't have it.

That leads us to the last reason for why you're not getting the interview. You don't have it. Like most job hunters whose resumes I see, you are overestimating yourself and your capabilities. You may have taken a class in college or somewhere else, but that doesn't make you qualified. They are looking for someone with a certain number of years of experience doing that what you claim to have expertise in and you don't have that background.

The fact that you may be acting like the typical job hunter and overvaluing your experience, overestimating your capabilities, and the company is shooting at them.

Sorry for the blunt message, but these are the reasons you might not be getting the interview.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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