I think your biggest problem is that you are stalling.
Your background will seem a bit dicey if there are tremendous holes in it. I also sense a bit of entitlement in your post. The truth is, you are not entitled to anything because you have a degree. Also, although you may think you are "killing it" in your interviews, you may want to consider the possibility that you are not doing well in those interviews.
You need to go get a job ASAP. It does not have to be something you want to do. It shows the people you are interviewing with, that you don't mind "working your way up" to get ahead.
I'm not an expert in your career field, however I am a hiring manager who looks at a few hundred resumes each month. I have hired 5 people who make six figures in the past year.
Best of luck, be humble, I'd hire someone who shows they have put in the work with lesser companies, than someone who has all the creditials but lacks a work ethic.
Idk BC, I try to be honest with myself in everything I do and I wouldn't call it entitlement. That may very well be what it is, but it's not what it feels like. It's more like, I've put in the work so all I'm asking for is a little kickback - which isn't necessarily the best approach either.
Man, prior to college, I worked so many jobs I can't even count, literally. It probably is well over 20. Some I don't even remember. One example: I worked with a landscaper for two entire days. I had just moved in with my uncle down in Greenville, SC due to some family issues. He said they knew them through their church and they sent me off with them... I was 18. I spend the entire first day weed eating a commercial lot in the heat of mid-summer - no hat or anything. I get sunburned. They pick me up the next day, I ride off with them, and they take me out to some huge office complex, walk around, tell me to pick all of the weeds by hand out of pinestraw around the huge building. I start doing it, come to find out, they say they have something else to do and leave me out there. I end up having to call my uncle to pick me up from the location because they didn't come back and I never got paid for it. They were a legit business - business cards, advertising, trucks, everything, and I was working with the owner. They never even tried to get up with me to pay me for those days. A couple weeks later, I took a job with Wendy's, I worked 3 hours. I moved back home to Fayetteville the next day, and obviously never went back. LOL.
So, I wouldn't call it a sense of entitlement. I went through the wringer man and I'm not looking to get strung along again. If you want me to come in and work my way up, I got you. No one will outwork me. But, don't tell me you're going to move me into management and then treat me like Cinderella while you sit around and shoot the breeze with my peers.
Perhaps that is a problem I have to overcome, but I feel I'm worth a little more now as a graduate from a prestigious university than I was as a high school dropout with no structured support system. I think I have a right to feel that way, but it doesn't mean it will resonate with others.
But, I think that kind of lends itself to the whole "background being dicey" thing. When you've spent your life working dead-end, menial paying jobs, what are you going to talk about in an interview with a private financial services firm? "This one time, I got an 'Outstanding Team Player' certificate at Home Depot because I came in when it wasn't my shift and emptied out all the trash in 5 minutes." So, in regards to the interviews now, you're right... In the professional ones, there's no doubt in my mind that I'm not "killing it" because I'm lacking experience, so I can't really speak on specific questions they ask me regarding what I've already done.
As far as retail jobs, I KNOW I'm killing it, but when they're looking to hire someone for $8.50 and see I'm asking for $14 at the least, then I'm pretty sure that "kills" the interview for them.
I'm humble, but I'm smart, I work hard, and I know my worth. Too often, people are looking to take advantage of others and perhaps I'm over vigilant and it comes off as brash to some. I don't know...