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I can think of few dopier mistakes than this one!

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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. On this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center. She was asked to assess for oral and written communications skills. So she does that and was finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren't, just as you would expect. She also noticed that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner will start to ask, "Why is that? Why are these people being turned down?" It's hard to find native English speakers on the island. What is the issue?

She then spoke to a few of the hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of this video, you know what it is. Appearing unmotivated.

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. The association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out, I feel lethargic. It is tough to move around.


What you always have 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, appearing excited about this job even when you aren't. You want that too. If you do this, you get lots of job offers. You know, lots of job offers!

That way, you can go, "I think I want this one. It pays the most!" Or maybe it has the most upside. Whatever it is you can pick and choose between different alternatives that suit you.

Appearing unmotivated, stupid!

Take your right hand. Move it right near your forehead. Now hit.

Don't do something that dumb.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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