I now think there’s another reason that
SIG, Bloomberg, LiquidNet, CapitalDynamics and other employers didn’t make me an offer even though I probably passed technical screening with a technical win.
In our chats, I used the generic term “didn’t like my face” as an umbrella term for several different factors. Today I want to mention a new factor – “what if this candidate takes my offer and continues to shop around?”
I believe some companies shun that risk. When in doubt, they reject. When they make an offer they want to ensure the candidate will accept. They want to see “Hey we are clearly the favorite in his mind and he is in a hurry. If we make him an offer he will likely accept right away.”
Clearly, I’m not that type of candidate. I often come across as a “job shopper”, through my non-verbal language, or even through my explicit verbal answers. For example, when asked “Why are you looking to change job” I often answer “I’m actually doing fine on my current job but there are better opportunities like the role in your company.”