"We'll be sure to get you something. I mean it will be three months, but... you're a perfect fit for this job! Yeah, you should at least come in for an interview." - Recruiting engineer at Large Company Inc. whom I was drinking coffee with at an informal meeting
(One week later)
"We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the position of..." - Email from human resources at Large Company Inc.
This is not the first time this has happened to me. I talk to someone, in this case face to face, other times it has been over the phone or email. We discuss a specific job or opportunities at their company and they assure me that there is an opportunity for me at his or her company. Inevitably, they decide to go with someone else. Why?
I have gotten the response that others are more qualified. When I get rejected from an entry level materials science job even though I have a masters in materials science, good grades, a little work experience, plenty of computer simulation experience, manufacturing experience, patents pending, and on top of all that I am very healthy.
I am a shoe in. I could be bought right now for cheap. I could be anywhere in the country in two days. I will go to countries that most Americans and Europeans would never even consider. On top of all that, I engineer well. I have solved difficult computer problems that my peers did not even attempt. I have seen how hard graduate students from other countries and the US work. I will go toe to toe against any other similarly qualified individual to get the job. What am I supposed to do? Active military? I don't know. Recommendations?