Since I’m looking for a new job right now, a former boss gave me some advice about interviewing: “Don’t want the job too badly.”
People don’t like to see desperation. They want to see calm and confident. Someone who’s desperate for a job will say anything to get it; it’s impossible to judge if they’ll actually be good at said job.
Of course, you don’t want be too casual about it. You don’t want to have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards employment. If you don’t care at all about getting the job, you probably won’t care about doing it right, either.
My coordinator described it as, “I would really like this job, but I don’t need it.” Pretend like you have several job interviews today. Obviously, you wouldn’t say anything to a potential employer about other interviews (would you?), but it would certainly make you feel better going into this interview.
It’s the difference between want and need. You want this job– it’s a good show, nice pay, close to your house, whatever. But you don’t need it– you won’t starve to death if you’re on unemployment for another few weeks.
Even if none of that’s true, pretend it is. Ironically, your confidence will help you get that job, after all.
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The Oscars are this weekend, as you might have heard. I’ll forgo giving my predictions this year, because I am always wrong.
Instead, I’ll give you a link to a new podcast I’ve been listening to, Too Much Film School. It’s two recovering film students discussing (i.e. complaining) about movies at great length. Or, as they put it, “A movie podcast by two guys who studied movies, and not much else.”
I particularly recommend their two Girl with the Dragon Tattoo episodes, which are pretty hilarious.