Oftentimes, job hunters focus so much on trying to impress hiring manager with their skills, experiences, and accomplishments that they forget to show their enthusiasm for the position. During interviews, many hiring managers want to hear that you really want the job. Simply stating “I want this job” can make all the difference in whether you land the position or not. This one phrase tells them that the interviewee is truly interested in working for the company.

Saying it Out Loud

You might think that just by attending an interview you are demonstrating that you want the job, but you need to say the words out loud. Hiring managers understand that job hunters often go on dozens of interviews. They have no way of knowing if this job position is your second or third choice. Transparency is key. You don’t want the hiring manager to doubt your interest level. It is also important that you look the hiring man-ager in the eye when you say the phrase and speak loud and clear. This will reinforce the message that you are eager and ready to commit.

Taking it Seriously

Some might worry that they could come across as too forward. However, one of the biggest concerns that hiring managers have is retention. They don’t want to hire someone who is going to quit nine months in because they found a better job some-where else. It takes time and money to find and train a replacement candidate. You want to show that you are both confident and committed. If hiring managers believe that you want to work at the company and make a career for yourself there, they will take you more seriously.

Open-Ended Questions

Most hiring managers will use some variation of “Tell me about yourself.” This is the perfect opportunity to state the simple phrase that you want the job. When interviewers ask open-ended questions like this, they are trying to give you the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and experience, but also your enthusiasm for the job and the company. You might reference the company’s mission statement while discussing your own personal career goals. You could also mention specific awards and accomplishments that the company has achieved and tie that into your work experiences. However, simply mentioning that you want the job is even more important. The bottom line is that if you want the job, you need to make it clear to the hiring manager that you want it.

So, the next time that you go on a job interview, don’t forget to say it out loud! Use the phrase “I want this job,” if you really do. You will show the manager that you know what you want and that you are ready to make the commitment.


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