Displaying enthusiasm and passion in interviews is generally a good thing. However, displaying extreme nervousness or negative defensive emotions is generally a bad thing in regards interviews. The ability to control our raw emotions whilst being able to understand and interpret the emotions of others is considered a key ingredient to success. This can also be referred to as emotional intelligence.
Certain interviewers have specific questions designed to evaluate your emotional intelligence. These may include unassuming questions such as “What makes you laugh?” or “How do you enjoy yourself?” Other common probing question inviting an emotional response are “What makes you angry?” and “Who in business do you admire and why?” How you control your emotions in a proportionate manner to the manner in which the question is asked will be closely monitored by your interviewing panel.
Controlling your emotions in interview situations not only helps with the flow of the interview but displays an air of confidence as you will come across as being cool, calm and collected. Displaying raw emotions such as anger or crying will only hinder your ability to communicate effectively and the interviewer will inadvertently ask themselves whether you will be able to control your emotions in a workplace environment.
However, displaying delight at being offered a position you had aspired to be a raw emotion that it totally acceptable. After all, hiring managers want to hire candidates who are not only full of enthusiasm but will take pride in working for their company.