I've recently applied for a couple of senior management positions in educational establishments. On both occasions I was selected for interview (the first was reduced to a shortlist of 8 from 60+, 12 were interviewed for the 2nd job from 32 original applicants).
Obviously I was please to have been shortlisted, however on both occasions I THOUGHT the interview had gone well but was surprised by the feedback.
For the first interview, I was told that I was too competitive. This was a fair comment based on my interview as I'd commented on how I'd set out to destroy a competing department (I don't think I used those exact words). However, this contradicts how I really behave at work as I seek to collaborate with other staff and build relationships (in order to achieve my aims).
Feedback from the second interview indicated that a lot of the candidates were more experienced than me (fair comment). However, another comment was that I focused too much on technical issues rather than interpersonal - that I lacked soft skills.
Has anyone else encountered this kind of problem at interviews? If so how was it overcome?