I feel that the reason I am not getting offers is because interviewers don't see me as being enthusiastic about the job. I am a very calm person who is good under stress but I feel like employers are looking for someone who is very hyper/bubbly and very talkative.

I'm good at what I do and have the skills/experience but feel my lack of "enthusiasm" is costing me job offers.

What are some ways I can seem more "interested" in a position (which I already am since I applied).


Just wanted to update you guys on this if you were curious.

So I drank a pot of coffee before my interview to see how I would "react" I was shaking from the caffeine and jump off walls. I was very excited and energetic throughout the whole interview. I am happy to report I did receive an offer. I changed nothing about my interview style only my energy and appropriately that's what they were looking for.

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    Maybe smile more often? being calm does not mean you have to be stoic or show no emotions.
    – DarkCygnus
    Nov 21, 2017 at 18:29
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    Have you actually had feedback that this is the issue? Nov 21, 2017 at 18:29
  • @Philip, afraid not, I've requested feedback but I get a generic answer. I guess I'll drink more coffee to get me hyper lol Nov 21, 2017 at 18:37
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    At the risk of being harsh, it's much more likely that you're bad at interviewing than that some arbitrary lack of "bubbliness" is costing you jobs. And what's vastly more likely than either scenario is that you're in a tough job market and a job search takes time and a lot of attempts. How many applications/phone screens/interviews are we talking about here? And while I might be reading too much into your phrasing: are you using "enthusiastic" as code for "engaged" or "involved"? Even calm people will appear enthusiastic by simply taking a stake in the interview, which you should always do.
    – Lilienthal
    Nov 21, 2017 at 21:09

2 Answers 2

  • When the interviewer is speaking, lean forward.
  • Nod often
  • Engage in "active listening" (look it up)
  • Smile
  • ask questions
  • SAY that you're excited about the opportunity
  • Ask for the job.
  • Tell them that you appreciate the opportunity
  • Give an enthusiastic handshake.
  • Follow up with a thank-you email
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    Absolutely ask questions. Make it a conversation.
    – user44108
    Nov 21, 2017 at 18:46
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    Top 3 of this points are: Smile!, Active Listening + Eye Contact, and Ask Questions
    – DarkCygnus
    Nov 21, 2017 at 18:50
  • ask for the job? lol
    – atxgis
    Nov 22, 2017 at 20:35
  • @atxgis You don't have to literally ask "Please give me the job?" but you can make it clear that you like what you're hearing and that you're hoping to receive a positive response.
    – Cronax
    Nov 24, 2017 at 17:02

You can show interest by fully participating in the conversation.

Don't just answer questions that are tossed your way. Do that, but try to see behind the intent of the question, and elaborate with more information, or related experiences. If you are interested in the position, surely you have questions about the company, the role, the context of the work, your potential coworkers, and lots of other things. Ask them!

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