Stupid Interview Mistakes: Appearing Unmotivated | Job Search Radio

I can’t think of few dopier mistakes than this one!




I was talking to a friend of mine who is a recruiter who does work all over the country. She was talking about an assignment that she was doing in Puerto Rico and, on this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center, particularly oral and written communication skills.

So she’s working on the assignment and finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren’t, just as you would expect. She also started to notice that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner started asking, “Why is that? Why are these people being turned down? It’s hard to find native speaking English speakers in Puerto Rico. What’s going wrong?”

She spoke to a few hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of the show, you know what it is: appearing unmotivated.

What Hiring Managers See

Put yourself in the seat of the hiring manager. Hiring managers have a problem. They want someone who can solve that problem. I know it is hot in Puerto Rico, and the association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out. I feel lethargic. It’s tough to move around.

Too bad! Get over it!

What you always need to do is appear excited and motivated on your interviews. Appearing sluggish or lethargic, or, dare I say, even lazy and unmotivated is the kiss of death, no matter what job you interview for, no matter where in the world it is.

Employers have a problem. You are there to solve it. They are not there to kiss your butt and make you fall in love with them. They want you clamoring for this job, begging for this job, being excited for this job, even when you aren’t… And you want that, too! This way, if you have the skills, you get lots of job offers… You know, lots of job offers. This way, you can go, “I think I want this 1. It pays the most.” Or it doesn’t pay the most, but it has the most upside. Whatever it is, you can pick and choose between different alternatives.

Appearing unmotivated – – Stupid! Take the right hand, move it to your forehead, now hit!

Don’t do something that dumb.

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