What interests you about this job

This isn’t a tough interview question, but people don’t answer correctly.  The question is, “What interests you about this job opening?”

On the surface, you can list 4 or 5 different things that you like about this job.  That’s the easy part of this answer.  The hard part is that people forget to demonstrate enthusiasm and passion when they speak.  So, they speak in a relatively flat way.

Instead, if you answered, “What interests me about this job?  Man!  3 or 4 different things are really exciting about it.”   Then you going to your list.  Having speeded up your speech, having your eyes brightened with excitement, a smile on your face as you talk… It’s not just simply what you say that matters is how you answer this question that is so important.

There is a theater to answering interview questions, well, here the theater is about excitement.  You want to just have joy in your voice as you answer questions.  In this way, people know that you are excited about this job.  Often, that is the tiebreaker between you and your competition.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff 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, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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