Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Thank you for the question! A long time to find a job is not uncommon, especially depending on the industry and role you are looking for. So don’t be disheartened, keep at it and you will definitely find the right role and company match for you.
In an interview, it is always best to be honest. If the ask that question, be truthful in your response. Is it because you are applying for roles beyond your experience? Is it because your interpersonal skills in the interview aren’t reflective of your capabilities? Is it because you are in an ultra-competitive industry? It is difficult to answer this with specific not knowing your personal situation, but it’s always best to be authentic in your interviews.
The last point I would make is to observe and listen deeply in each interview and interaction. They people you interview with may not give you direct feedback (but feel free to ask!), but their body language and responses to your interactions should give a clue as to what topics, what types of responses or interactions are deterring you from being the preferred candidate.
It may very well be that the previous companies you have interviewed with aren’t the right fit for you and that isn’t a bad thing that you didn’t get those jobs.