Hi Lifehacker, I have a simple question about job interviews: what if I am not interested in the job? Suppose I'm just doing it for the money? Do I have to fake interest/motivation? Thanks, Disinterested
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Yes, you have to fake interest — and to be honest, if your interest is entirely faked, that's going to become evident fairly quickly, and you shouldn't be surprised if you don't get the job. For anything other than the most casual of one-time tasks, explaining that you're doing something purely for the money is an open invitation for the task to be given to someone else.
What you need to do is channel your enthusiasm. OK, so maybe this particular job isn't what you want to do with the rest of your life, but it's a stepping stone to something — whether that's getting your foot in the door at a company where you'd like to do that, learning some new skills, or just earning money so you can finish your degree. Let your happiness about that inform your interview. For more ideas, check our tips on how to ace an interview.
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