I have been searching for a job very actively and have been doing many interviews. Last month I did 4 and this month I did 7 so far. I'm trying to identify what I could be doing wrong.
I'm a front-end dev with 4 years of experience. I was turned down by 3 companies for 'not having enough experience'. I'm not working at the moment (going onto 4 months now) and if I don't get something soon then I won't be able to get more experience. I meet most of the job requirements and I felt that the interviews were fine.
I was turned down by 1 for 'not being a good culture fit'. It was mututal. I felt that the interviewer was kind of immature and got a weird vibe off of him. When I asked him what he liked about the company he said that everyone is under 30. He didn't say anything about the job or culture etc. Yieks.
I'm getting turned down with some of the technical tests or after the 2nd interviews. Some of the technical tests I felt were too long. They wanted me to spend 2-12 hours making a production-quality web app from scratch before I even talked to them to see if I would even want to work with there or be a good fit.
I get these common interview questions:
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why did you move?
- What do you know about the company/job?
- What was the biggest problem/challenge at my last role?
- Tell me about yourself.
The one I can think of that might be a problem is #4.
I have said that in my previous role that sometimes I had to start a widget only to find out that the edge cases were not specd out and then the entire design might have to be tossed out if the edge cases cannot be visually meaningful. I encountered this several times in a row so it was difficult to make progress. How I overcame the difficulty was to discuss the issue with my product manager, move onto the next task and come back to it when more specs came in.
I'm not sure if my answer to that question might not be impressive enough. Would it be better if I said that I didn't know any of the technologies required for the job but I made many features anyways?
What could it mean to be turned down for 'not having enough experience'.