Any ideas how I can deal better with peer interviews?
When interviewing I always try to come across as having the necessary skills, friendly, etc. I work in business, in an area in which skills are to some extent subjective, you can't test them with e.g. a coding exercise, although tests (maths, verbal reasoning) are normally part of the process. It's very important to "sell yourself" right.
I used to find this difficult. In the last years, however, I've managed to master interviewing with HR and hiring managers. The feedback I receive is normally very good and if after sending the application I get invited I "pass" the huge majority of the interviews and normally manage to get to last stages (I live in a country where frequently 3-6 rounds of interviews are organized). Usually I find it easy to establish a good connection with hiring managers and the conversation flows naturally. I normally find it easy to "speak their language".
The problems are peer interviews. What I mean are 1:1s or panels of possible coworkers.
I frequently get rejected if this is part of the process. I also find it much more difficult to find a connection here. They seem much more critical of me.
My first idea was to focus less on my skills and more on being a good, friendly coworker, but this doesn't seem to help. My impression is these people are more focused on whether I could become their bf and I'm probably not socially attractive enough for people to want to become my best buddy immediately.
The fact that I normally have a bit different background than their background doesn't help.
How to deal with peer interviews better? What factors are playing a role here?