Career Break - A Major cause for Interview failures

By Brainothri Brainothri Points: 0 | Level: Starter | Status: [Member]
Posted on: 4/17/2010 4:50:28 AM | Views: 8900

I am 3 yrs experienced in dotnet and took a break 2 yrs back to take care of my infant.

though i am at home i work many code samples and keep learning concepts so as to keep in touch with technical stuff.

also tried attending few mnc's interviews but unfortunatel got dropped.

Few people say you are a "Part time MCA candidate" and hence sorry...though i have worked with 2 reputed MNC's i am not sure why is this reason..

I am atmost upset and frustrated without a job. Is this going to be the end ??

Kindly advice how should i improve myself in approaching companies?

Thanks and wil be glad to get inputs from anyone.

Gayathri Ramamurthi

Sainath's Advice on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 :

As frustrating as it can be, this is definitely not the end for you. Many women take a break as you have done and manage to restart their careers - but yes, it can be a bit of a challenge in the initial stages. Crossing that initial hurdle will take some amount of patience and mental toughness. Let's analyze, what are the positives in your situation:

  • 3 years of experience
  • Sound knowledge of fundamentals (I assume so)

Targeting the same technologies in which you worked previously may not work - as there will be people who have more hands on experience now. However, an experienced hand who has got strong skills in the newer, in-demand technologies in the dotnet zone is required and preferred. Any potential employer who calls you for an interview is trying to come to only 1 decision - whether you will be productive if hired. If you have strong skills in newer technologies the balance will tilt in your favour -

Strong skills (not just concepts/theory) --> Higher self-confidence --> Better interview performance --> Crack the interview --> Get the job

The part-time MCA will also take a backseat if a potential employer is convinced of your skills - and this will happen only if you are absolutely convinced of your skills yourself and your body  language conveys the same to the interviewer.Getting a break is all about conveying your potential value as an employee against your drawbacks so that the employer can arrive at a balanced and informed decision.

You may need to lower your expectations due to the 2 year break but let the market feedback tell how much you need to compromise on your salary / designation levels to step back into the main stream once again.

All the best !

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Brainothri said on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tons of thanks for the wonderful input sir.

I will try to make sure of these points.

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