Sorry for the rambling post on the previous page.. that was a result of mental exhaustion.
Will try to keep it simple this time!
I have talked to people who have been recruiting for years and basically what they say is degrees and experience don't matter much.. those are just filters. A recruiter has to flip through hundreds and thousands of resumes in a limited time.. how much do you think they will read? They will glance through it and all a good education/experience does is ensure your resume doesn't end up in the trash..!
If you attended the interview, then you have an equal chance as all the other interviewees. All that matters is how you impress them at the interview; it's a relative scale. Impression again doesn't mean knowledge and skills, a recruiter will have a set of qualities and you have to meet them! Skill definitely is the most important, but if they don't think you are capable of applying those skills, you won't be hired! I remember asking this one lady who owns a recruitment startup about why they ask those silly questions about strength and weaknesses when you know everyone comes prepared with lies.. and she said, well recruiters see such people everyday, they can pick up on what they want even if you lie!
That said, what are your options? Keep applying to other jobs.. keep an open mind and know its not your fault! There are a lot of variables, that the recruitment process usually seems unfair! Recruiters also confess there are times they make the wrong decision .. and it never works out.. but well they try their best!
Here's something from experience. Ever since I got into this field, I wanted to get into this one company, and I was so excited when I was one of the few who qualified to their interview.. and then I screwed it up .. 'coz I was so excited and nervous and I stammered.. though I have never stammered in my life before or after that! Anyways.. later I found out that one of my interviewers was totally biased.. it was very clear they knew who they wanted to hire.. 'coz he asked those people the same set of very simple personal questions .. and the rest of us got really really difficult technical questions! I was so disappointed, and yet happy when my best friend got in. I got into a pretty good company myself, but I always thought I was unlucky that I didn't get into my dream company. But it turned out later, that my friend's job sucked big time. He hated it, while I loved my job! So actually all I can say is if you don't get into a company, maybe its for your own good ..
What I am trying to say is if they told it you didn't get it because of lack of experience, there is a good chance they are lying .. else they should have mentioned it in the list of requirements for the job!
I agree with Aarya, just because someone has experience doesn't mean they know something more than a person with no experience! You might actually pick up stuff faster than they might.. and the company might benefit hiring you more than the person who has experience in one field, which might be totally useless after a while.
Edited by boreddamsel - 18 April 2013 at 10:49am