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Desperation is not attractive — it won’t get you very far in any aspect of life. When you really want a job, there’s a fine line between appearing interested and desperate. If you cross into overeager territory, it can be very hard to recover – as no one wants to hire a candidate who is anxious and lacks confidence.

If you really, really want a job, you’re going to need to tone it down a bit before the interview, so you don’t send the wrong message to the hiring manager.

4 Tips to Avoid Looking Like a Desperate Job Seeker

Use these four tips to play it cool during your next job interview:

  1. Don’t Sound Desperate. This is actually much easier to accomplish than it sounds, as omitting certain words and phrases from your dialog can make all the difference. Steer clear of phrases such as “I’ll do anything” and frequently communicating that you’re the “best person for the job,” as this makes you sound a bit too overzealous.
  2. Avoid Overselling Yourself. Sometimes less is more. It’s only natural to want to impress a hiring manager when you really want a job, but if you “sell” yourself too hard, you may miss your mark. Listen closely to the interviewer’s questions so you can provide relevant responses, instead of going off on a tangent listing all of your (unrelated) strengths.
  3. Mind Your Body Language. What you don’t say can actually speak much louder than your words themselves. Fidgeting, sitting rigidly, forgetting to smile and failing to make eye contact can make you wreak of desperation. Even if you perfectly nail all of your responses, it can be hard to bounce back from nonverbal cues that scream desperation.
  4. Follow-Up with Confidence. Always send the interviewer a quick note after the meeting to reiterate your interest in the position and thank them for taking the time to talk with you — but stop there. Checking in every other day by phone or email will do nothing but ensure you don’t get the job. Waiting isn’t fun, but it’s part of the process.

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