One of the most common concerns/complaints that we hear from hiring managers after an interview is that the candidate did not seem to have enough energy. This can be interpreted several different ways but typically it means that the candidate either did not seem excited to be there, did not seem excited about the job, or their body language communicated their lack of engagement. However, upon asking the candidate how they felt the interview went, they often respond by saying that it went very well, they had solid answers and asked good questions during the interview. That's why they are shocked when I tell them that their candidacy is being passed on due to "lack of energy." Surprise is often the most common emotion but some candidates are offended due to the fact that they take pride in their personal energy. Regardless of how candidates view themselves, it's imperative that the hiring manager feel your excitement and interest. In sales, people buy from people they like. People also hire people they like, so it's your goal as a candidate to connect with the interviewer and have them feed off of your energy.
So how do you ensure the fact that you emit tons of energy on an interview? Get pumped up! I'm not telling you to jump across the desk at your interviewer and give them a "game time" speech about what you can bring to the team. I'm talking about being engaging during an interview and building a genuine connection with your interviewer. If you are excited when speaking about your background and what you can bring to the team, more often than not, the interviewer will also get excited and they'll feed off your energy. So before walking into that conference room, get yourself in the zone. It's like a pre-game ritual: do whatever you need to do to get your blood flowing and your mind on point. Whether it's drinking a coffee chased by a Red Bull, dropping to the ground and doing 10 push ups, blasting loud music, repeating personal affirmations, or watching "Rudy" or some other feel good movie, do whatever it takes to get you pumped up. Treat every interview like the most important/biggest sale of your