Article9 - How to display enthusiasm at a job
The job market is
tough and there are an increasing number of candidates applying for job interviews. One of the key
characteristics that every employer is looking for is enthusiasm for the
To be a top
canduidate for the job you need to demonstrate this characteristic above all others. Enthusisam can
be infectious and not least when you are in a job interview.
Here are several
ways that your display of enthusiasm can increase your chances of job interview
a). Spend time
researching the company, what markets it is in and its product ranges. As a job interviewer it is
unbelievable how many people do not do this basic research. They turn up at the job interview
saying they are really keen and enthusiastic to work for the company yet know nothing about it, hat
it does and its range of products.
research can be done quickly by reviewing the company website. Make a few notes and then ‘offer’
these into the job interview if the question is not directly asked. It shows you have taken the
trouble to learn about the company.
b). Smile at the
job interviewer. This is particularly tru when you first meet the interviewer. It has been proven
that first impressions count a great deal. By smiling you are much more likely to be considered
friendly and enthusiastic.
c) Have a personal
job statement prepared in advance. A 30 to 40 word personal statement about you your job related
skills and personal skills will show you have prepared and want the job. So many candidates when
asked to describe themselves clearly have no job summary prepared. This should match the job
description and be a fit for the ‘ideal‘ job candidate.
d). Ask questions
about the job role. This shows enthusiasm and an interest in the
e). Prepare a
closing statement which details why you are the best candidate for the job but also emphasise that
you do want the job. Mention that the interview has really made you excited about the organisation
and what it has to offer.
f). Follow up after the
interview is finished. This could be by letter or email. Either way it shows you still have an
interest in securing the position. It may tip the balance in your favour if the job interviewer
is still undecided. It also reminds them of your