Do You Want This Job?

Getting an interview is not easy. Several factors must fall into place for you to get the chance to meet with a potential employer either in person or over the phone.

You might assume that since you’ve gone through the process to get the job interview that the employer knows you want the job.

NOT TRUE.

One of the biggest mistakes I see candidates make when interviewing for the job is not making it clear that YOU WANT THE JOB.

How do you do this? You say: “thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. I really would enjoy doing this job”, or something along those lines.

No, I don’t think this sounds desperate. I think it sounds assertive, focused, and driven. That’s what most employers want in employees.

Now, don’t go so far as to beg or try to pin them into a corner agreeing to give you the job. THAT would sound desperate.

In addition to directly saying “I want this job”, here are five other ways that you can make it clear that you want the job:

  1. Ask questions. Prepare questions about the job, the company culture, and the vision for where the company is headed and how your role might be a part of that vision.
  2. Show them that you’ve done your research. Where appropriate, mention information you have found out about the company or the area such as “I know you all just acquired X company, how does that affect your operations here?”. Or “I know that there is a big plant moving into town. How has that affected rents?” This shows that you have taken the time to really understand this opportunity which shows them you are serious.
  3. Actively listen. These are simple tactics: make eye contact, ask clarifying questions, nod when you understand, mention something they said earlier in the conversation. All of these send the message that you are present and this interview has 100% of your focus and attention.
  4. Bring Ideas. This must be done carefully. You don’t want to come across as a know-it-all or someone who arrogantly has it “all figured out”. However, if presented right, coming in with ideas of how you could do an excellent job in this role will go a long way. You might say something like “Have you ever tried using a google sheet for this process so everyone is on the same page in real time?” The idea isn’t as important as showing that you’ve already been thinking about their problems and how to solve them.
  5. Follow up. There is a good chance that after your interview the employer is going to take some time to make a final decision. Maybe they have other candidates they plan on interviewing, maybe they want to talk to other team members about if you’re a good fit, or maybe they just want some time to mull it over. Regardless, follow up on your part is essential. I HIGHLY recommend a hand-written “Thank You” note reflecting on specifics of the interview and reiterating your interest in the position. This will carry major weight when it comes time for them to make that final decision.

Chances are you have met the basic qualifications if you’re getting an interview. I would argue that after meeting the basic qualifications, a large contributor to whether or not you get an offer is how interested you are in the position.

This should come as great news, because you have complete control over how you show your interest! Follow the above tips and let me know when you land your next job!

Tim Hammerich
tim@aggrad.com

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.