When you're interviewing for a new job, whether you get it hinges on your ability to prove that you have the experience and skills the position requires. What you might not realize, however, is that it also hinges on your ability to prove that you want the job in the first place.
"It comes down to a simple truth: If you don't clearly want the job, it's near impossible to persuade someone to give it to you," author Jenna Goudreau writes in an article for CNBC.
According to Goudreau, your enthusiasm for a job is reflected in your energy level. If you appear low-energy -- if you frown or scowl, slump your shoulders, avoid making eye contact, speak flatly, lean back in your chair, and avoid asking questions -- employers might assume you don't want the job.
"What can you do to make sure the interviewer sees how much you care?" Goudreau asks. "Start by smiling wide and sitting on the edge of your seat with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Come prepared to talk about why you're a great fit and what you've achieved in the past. Ask lots of follow-up questions. Energy is contagious. If you show that you're excited about the job, the hiring manager is much more likely to be excited about you."
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