Five Secrets of the Hire – Fourth Secret – Intelligent Enthusiasm

Martin Yate CPC
NY Times Bestseller
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Are you intelligently enthusiastic?

In a tightly run job race, when there is nothing to choose betweentwo top candidates, the job offer will always go to the most intelligently enthusiastic candidate. The problem is that interviews are stressful situations, and when you are stressed, your defenses are up and you retreat behind a wall of stiff professionalism; the natural enthusiasm and motivations normally part of your professional persona are restrained.

The Fourth Secret: Intelligent Enthusiasm
Employers see intelligent enthusiasm for your work as a signal that you are someone who is motivated to do a good job. This is expressed by more than smiles and saying you want the job; it is expressed by your deep understanding and respect for your work and its challenges, as well as your obvious relish in tackling those challenges every day.
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It is also expressed by your genuine engagement in the work through the questions you ask. Interviewers make judgments of professional competency based partly on candidates’ statements about the work they do, and partly on the questions those candidates ask, because those questions display a depth of understanding that statements cannot.
From the employer’s side of the desk, the preference for motivated, intelligently enthusiastic candidates is roughly this:

  • The intelligently enthusiastic candidate will work harder and will turn in a superior work product.
  • Someone who really enjoys his work and is engaged in his profession will be easier to work with, and that will be a positive influence and a welcome, happy addition to the team.
  • Your display of a deep understanding and respect for your work and its challenges, and your obvious relish in tackling those challenges every day, reinforces your understanding of the problems that lie at the heart of the job and your ability to handle them.
  • This intelligent enthusiasm speaks to a professional commitment that is more likely to be backed up by technical competency and the possession of the transferable skills and professional values that make for good hires.
  • Someone who is intelligently enthusiastic and motivated by her work is likely to have a greater understanding of the job and therefore a greater commitment to taking the rough with the smooth.
Let this fourth secret of the hire encourage you to allow your natural enthusiasm for your work and for this job opportunity to shine through, rather than hide it because of interview nerves or a misconstrued sense of professionalism.

When it comes to a tightly run job race between equally qualified candidates, the offer will always go to the most intelligently enthusiastic candidate. Show enthusiasm for your work, your profession, and the opportunity; it just might be the tiebreaker that delivers your ideal job. 

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