The market is tight and you’ve been looking for quite some time. Then, suddenly, you get the call from your trusted recruiter–an interview! Now, stop, take a deep breath and relax.
I was recently asked whether it is possible to show too much enthusiasm at a job interview. The answer is yes and unfortunately, the line is a very fine one. Why? Because showing proper enthusiasm for the position is absolutely essential. Afterall, who would want to hire someone who appears disinterested? At the same time, being over-eager never plays well either. It’s like dating–you want to appear interested, but never desperate (even if you are).
A few pointers for the over-eager: (1) Don’t make any comments about how relieved you were to get the interview or how long you have been looking for a new position; (2) Remember that one good way to express enthusiasm is to ask substantive questions about the firm and the position for which you are interviewing; and (3) Resist the urge to send daily e-mails checking in on your status after the interview. A simple thank you note is fine but think about the person who calls you numerous times a day following a first date–kind of scary. Don’t be that person!
It can be extremely difficult to remain calm when opportunities are scarce and the need to be employed is all too real. But even in scary times, it is necessary to remain confident, calm, and collective. And, when you do find yourself tempted to stalk the partner who interviewed you, try calling a friend or anyone else who will listen to you vent but won’t decide to “pass”!
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