How to answer the question "on a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you about this job?" from a recruiter.
A perfect 10 means that you absolutely want this job. A recruiter will be happy to pass this info to the hiring manager in case they want to move you to the next round of interview.
Anything less than 10 means that you don't think this job is a perfect fit for you although you may be still open for further job interviews down the road. But, the recruiter would now think that you will not 100% enjoy working for their company in this position. Thus, as you can guess, the hiring manager will be somewhat reluctant to move you to the next round of interview.
So, I would recommend that you are honest in answering this kind of questions.
If you don't think this position is a good fit for you, then you should tell the recruiter that because it will save both you and the company a lot of time. Then, you can spend your time looking for a better position elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you truly like this position and want to continue with the interview process, then tell them your interest for this position is at the perfect 10 level on their scale.
"what would make you give it a higher number?"
Tell them the truth. Tell them what you have in mind.
They will respond in 2 possible ways:
- They may fix what you don't like to make the job more attractive to
- They may just say: "Thanks for your interest in our job. Best
wishes with your future job search. Good Bye."
Either way, you will really get what you want.
Note: When you say that you are super excited about the job (perfect 10 on their scale), it does not mean that you are telling them that you are 100% happy about the salary and job benefits because this is not a salary and benefits negotiation yet. Instead, it is only an interview.
This question is only designed to measure your interest in this job and the company.
Usually, the salary and benefits negotiation will come much later after many more interviews with people from this company (if the candidates get that far).