I have been on a few job interviews and have had some wild experiences. Sometimes I feel like it is the person doing the interview that is the problem. I went on one interview and before I could sit down, the recruiter told me that they usually only hire people with legal experience. I was there for an in house position and she wanted to interview me because she liked my resume. Then she proceeded to ask me how old I was. When I told her I was 31 she was like, “WOW! OH MY GOD! Not that there is anything wrong with that.” She was maybe 25-years-old. I knew right away that she was not going to hire me. Right after the interview, she got in the elevator with me and brought along a new hire. They were on their way to find lemonade. How sweet! When I suggested Starbucks, the new hire says, “Oh, I wish i worked for Starbucks.” Really? Really? As far as the legal experience goes, I mentioned to her that I was planning on pursuing a paralegal degree and would be able to catch on to the legal jargon. The job I was there for was emailing and calling employers to see if they had any job openings. Gee, how hard is that? I believe that sometimes the people who conduct interviews and find themselves sitting across from an experienced person, they get intimidated and feel that you might be better at your job than they are. If you come across as really wanting the job, this puts the hiring manager into God complex mode. They are now in charge over whether or not you get your dream job. I feel like employers do not think about the person who is reading resumes and conducting interviews. I think that not all places have hiring managers or HR departments and they just tap the one that has the time to find employees. In between trips to the bathroom and lemonade runs, this person may open a few resumes and make phone calls. Don’t feel bad about yourself if you don’t find a job. You are a valuable person whose life has meaning and nobody can take that away from you. If all else fails, do the extreme and stand outside with your resume on a sign and see who hires you. That is my next step.