If you are consistently getting interviews, but not
receiving job offers, three things could be reviewed.
Your technical presentation, if you gave one:
Was it geared to the audience? Did you do an
Did it point out your competences and match of
skills to the needs of the job?
Did you cover the material on high quality graphics
within the time limit?
Your fit; how your personality and style match the
personality of the boss and workgroup. (small talk)
Your references; Lubin authored a solid piece on
references in the hiring process. She cited:
1 carefully cultivate your endorsers
prepare them for tough questions– “what is
wrong with this candidate?”
2 make sure your references care for you
3 keep an up to date list of references geared to
the positions you seek
4 prepare the references for the hiring managers
- send the resume you used for application
- provide reminders of your joint work history,
memorable achievements and relevance to the job
- negative queries, what have you and
are you doing — training, new methods, etc.
Contact your references after they have spoken for
you. Use creative ways to stay in touch.
IDEA: Send a nice “thanksgiving day card”. These
are not common and will send a purposeful message.
IDEA: Set up a Google alert for them. When
something happens for them, congratulate them.
Create a LIST OF REFERENCES page for each
submission. This is likely to be different for different
positions. Do not use– References are available on
Don’t offer outdated for big names who barely know
Consider the reference. Keep them informed. If
you do not accept an offer, let them know why.