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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Mastering Enthusiasm: Striking the Right Balance in Job Interviews



While enthusiasm is generally seen as a positive trait in a job interview, it is possible to come across as overly enthusiastic to the point where it may be perceived as insincere or distracting. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:


1. Balance: Enthusiasm is great, but it's essential to strike a balance. Overly exaggerated expressions of enthusiasm may make you seem disingenuous or unrealistic. Aim for a genuine and moderate level of excitement.


2. Professionalism: Maintain a level of professionalism during the interview. Excessive enthusiasm, especially if it comes off as hyperactive or over-the-top, might be perceived as unprofessional. Keep in mind the context and the industry you are interviewing for.


3. Listening skills: While it's important to show enthusiasm, it's equally crucial to demonstrate active listening skills. Being too focused on expressing your enthusiasm might prevent you from picking up on important cues or responding appropriately to the interviewer's questions.


4. Self-awareness: Be aware of your body language and tone of voice. If you notice that your enthusiasm is making you talk too fast or interrupt the interviewer, take a moment to slow down and ensure you are effectively communicating your thoughts.


5. Content: Ensure that your enthusiasm is backed by substance. It's not just about being excited; it's also about conveying a clear understanding of the company, the role, and how your skills align with the job requirements.


6. Read the room: Pay attention to the interviewer's cues. If they seem responsive and engaged, your enthusiasm is likely well-received. However, if they appear uncomfortable or disinterested, consider adjusting your approach.


Remember that the key is authenticity. If you genuinely feel enthusiastic about the position and the company, that will likely come through naturally and positively. It's about finding the right balance that aligns with the company culture and the expectations of the specific interview.

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