Employee says the key to interviewing is enthusiasm

TikTok is full of interview tips ranging from questions applicants should ask recruiters to ways to spice up your resume. Now another tip has gone viral, and it’s all about buzz.

Erin McGoff (@erinmcgoff) is a filmmaker who uses her platform on TikTok to offer career advice and share other aspects of her life. As part of that series, she released a video about job interviews that quickly racked up over 176,000 views.

“I swear half of being good at an interview is just enthusiasm,” she says. “All you have to do is just be excited.”

She then offers two examples of the same message, one with a cold, direct demeanor and the other with more positive language and a smile.

“That’s literally everything,” she concludes.

@erinmcgoff Humans are irrational, emotional beings. be there 🤠 #jobinterview #karriereberatung #interviewtipps ♬ Original sound – Erin McGoff 🎬✨

There is some data to support this. According to UK-based recruitment firm Heat Recruitment, their internal data suggests that “4 in 10 employers would reject a candidate if they didn’t show enthusiasm”.

On TikTok, viewers spoke out about the veracity of Erin’s statement.

“That’s exactly how I got all my jobs hahaha,” wrote one user. “Just smile and be happy to be there.”

“So true!! Be kind. That’s a huge plus,” added another. “I always get compliments on my personality.”

“So true. Energy is everything in interviews,” said a third. “Being enthusiastic about the interviewer and asking questions will go a long way.”

Another user said that even as an introvert, enthusiasm and confidence led to success. “I’m an anxious introvert and literally exuded confidence for a week. Got 5 interviews. Got 5 offers,” they explained. “Now I can be tired and calm again.”

However, some claimed the tip is not universal.

“Not in Germany, trust me. They HATE enthusiastic people here,” laughed one commenter.

“I was literally told by a hiring manager I’m not getting the job because I’m too excited man,” claimed a second.

The Daily Dot contacted Erin using their website’s contact form.

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*Initial publication: September 24, 2022 at 12:47 p.m. CDT

Braden Bjella

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