Interesting responses here, but it also depends on the field. I work in a creative field, in the advertising end of music and fashion.
About twelve years ago, I was called back three times for an Art Director position in an in-house art department. I figured, if they're calling me back for third interview, they're very interested.
The person doing the hiring was actually present, she was the Creative Director. One of the companies fashion designers was also present as well as the main Art Director, who was actually more of a Production Manger, than a true Art Director. This woman's job was to overseer the production of the graphics, not create the actual layouts.
My experience and portfolio are excellent, having worked and freelanced for some major companies over the years.
I never heard back from any of them! Three interviews and not even the courtesy of an email response?
I then called the Creative Director's secretary, I was actually put through, I figured, who cares at that point, they just left me flat, who cares if they think I'm being rude or overstepping my boundaries. I didn't think I was.
The Creative Director told me, "We've decide not to create another Art Director position." That came as a big shock to me, because I was told there WAS an actual job which needed to be filled. This entire runaround from this company took almost two months. Of course, I was going on other interviews as well as freelancing. The economy wasn't as bad twelve years ago as now, there was work out there.
I discussed this interview with a close friend, who works in another end of the art field, he's had much experience in these types of situations where bosses give job hunters a false sense that they are really interested and the main candidate. Getting a second or third interview used to mean you were pretty much hired.
He said, "Bottom line, someone in that interview was greatly threatened by you and your portfolio, You've worked for major fashion companies, major record companies, you have tons of experience. You are extremely personable. There probably was a job, you were just too experienced. Clearly someone or all of them were threatened."
Bring this situation to toady's cutthroat job market, people with tons of experience no longer seem to being the running, especially when you're being interviewed by a 25 year old Art Director with much less experience than you have.
No one seems to take any of this into account, especially when you're interviewing for a job which is paying much less than your old job, since it's low paying, they also figure you'll quit when something better comes along.
The creative team at this company wasn't very cutting edge, mostly because of the type of items they produce and they're market. The Art Director looked like an ex nun, she didn't even know what type of questions to ask me.
I almost laughed when she asked me if I knew certain computer graphic programs, sure this was 12 years ago, but most people in the art field started using computer graphic programs in the 1990s. The company seemed very behind the times, no wonder they felt threatened, on the other hand, you'd think they'd want some new blood to expand their market?!
When we don't get jobs which we've gone on a few interviews for, we tend to blame ourselves, question what we did 'wrong' etc. We've got to look at the big picture. It's usually that we're too experienced, asking for too much money or the person hiring is simply threatened by our vast experience.