The # 1 Way To Blow An Interview

July 15, 2011 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

My company is hiring a new full-time employee to join our nerd squad of marketing lovers. *Yay.* So, this week I got to meet some lovely candidates and interview them to see if they were a good fit. (AKA if I felt like we could gossip about reality TV, they were on my yes list.) I digress. Through these 5 interviews I learned one eye-opening common theme that can either make or break an interview: Energy level.

# 1 Way to Blow It: Being TOO High energy

In interviews, I think it’s really important to show a great level of enthusiasm for the job and field you’re applying to. However, there’s a limit. Acting overly enthusiastic to the point of not being able to contain yourself can come across as unprofessional and a little immature.

Yep, I said it.

It’s really important to show your excitement, passion and love for the field in WHAT you say feel rather than HOW you say it. Talking louder and faster doesn’t make you more likely to get the job over the softer, slower speaker. Saying how much you love this field in every response doesn’t mean you love it more than the other candidate.

It’s the genuine words which come out of your mouth in that perfect string of sentences that weave beautifully into one lovely, eloquent and to-the-point response that will make you truly stand out. We all have so much to say, but we have to choose only the best parts of our thoughts. Every time you look in the mirror and pretend to answer an interview question (c’mon, we all do it), try and listen to yourself and pick out the sentences that could be cut out. Practice, practice, practice. Edit yourself.

And most importantly, be yourself.

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