According to a recent Forbes article, when choosing between two candidates — one who is uber qualified but seems only mildly interested in the position, and one who is also qualified (though slightly less so) and exhibits greater excitement about the role — employers usually chose the enthusiastic one. That can be good news for job-hunting cancer survivors who are qualified but sometimes have a hard time trusting in their capabilities, since it means that dialing up the energy can help them land the job.
“An Overlooked But Decisive Factor in Landing the Job You Want — And Ten Ways to Demonstrate It” offers helpful tips on how best to show excitement for a position.
- State your enthusiasm: Articulate how excited you are to work for the employer and/or to continue with the interview process.
- Repeat your interest to every person, at every interview: Tell every staff member you meet with how much you want the job.
- Be quick to respond: Return emails and phone calls promptly, and be willing to find a mutually convenient time for the next meeting/call. If the proposed time really doesn’t work for you, then say so; but try to be as flexible as possible.
- Stay front-of-mind during delays: If the hiring process is taking a while, be sure to keep in touch with the people you’ve already met with.
- Know about the company: Do your research on the company — and show that in your cover letter, in your answers to interview questions, etc.
- Know about the industry: Also be sure to point out that you follow the industry (e.g., competitors, trends, innovations, challenges).
- Ask thoughtful questions: Posing questions gives you a chance to learn more and to show your enthusiasm. But make sure your questions indicate that you’re really thinking about the role and how you might approach it.
- Remember who you met: Being able to recall the names of those you’ve met throughout the process proves you are paying attention; it also further demonstrates your level of interest.
- Build on each interview: With each subsequent interview, you’ll learn more about the position and the employer. Be sure to convey that new knowledge and those insights as you continue to correspond with the hiring manager/your potential supervisor. Again, it shows that you’re interested, that you’ve been listening, and that you have the ability to absorb and retain information.
- Close each meeting asking about next steps: Asking what’s next indicates that you are eager and excited for the process to continue.
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