Having fun at an interview. Is that alright?

@gloryacam (5546)
Philippines
March 1, 2012 1:26am CST
I had a panel interview for a job this morning. And, even though I was nervous at first, I became more comfortable later and had actually an easy time with the interviewers, even eliciting some laughs and having a laugh myself. On most interviews, I am that way. But, then, a lot of those interviews did not amount to a new job for me. Have I done anything wrong? Is it generally okay to let your interviewer that you are okay, having a good time, even? What are the things that need to be done in order to nail an interview and eventually a job? I presume that I have passed the job requirements and the exams that's why I've reached that point. But, for some time now, it's only that point (the final interview) that I reach. Must be doing something wrong.
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15 responses
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
1 Mar 12
I agree with most of the people that have posted. It depends on who is interviewing you. Most, I think, will like that you are confident and relaxed enough to joke around. I know when I interview people for my open jobs I would prefer that.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
27 Apr 12
I guess everyone is right. So, I have to see the temperament of the interviewers. So, if they were deadly serious with their brows knit, I think I would not be laughing or taking it easy, oh well, there would not be an opportunity to laugh, actually.
@Lucas818 (378)
1 Mar 12
Hello glorya, there's no harm to have fun during an interview. Interview is an interaction activity, so I think it's important you make yourself comfortable in that situation. There's a time I went for interview, the manager who interviewed me asked me which football team that I support, I told him my team but he said my application failed, because he supported another team. Later we spend 10 minutes talking about football before the formal interview. It was enjoyable and finally I did get the job, which is the job I'm doing currently. :) Just be confident and give more convincing reply during interview, I'm sure you can get your desire job soon!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
Wow, that's great! I'm glad it all worked out for you! (Even if the manager supported another team ). They did ask me what I do with my free time, and so they had a glimpse of me in my non-professional environment.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
1 Mar 12
i dont think there is anything wrong with a little bit of humour. i think it shows the perspective employer that you are easy going and would not get too ruffled if stuff happened during the job.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
I hope I gave that impression to the interviewers. Something like, I could handle the pressures of the job because I have a positive outlook in life. Well, when they asked me what I learned from my hard experiences, whether professsional or personal, I said that I realized that no matter how daunting the situation is, there is a way to deal with it without having to lose your positivity in life.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
I don't think there is something wrong with that. At least you have expressed yourself well and had a good time during the interview. I think it is better that we be ourselves and having a laugh with them shows that you are confident and doesn't even feel nervous during the interview. If you have answered them well enough and they're convinced it doesn't really matter to them. Now, I am not sure why you aren't hired yet, maybe it is because of the tough competition.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
I agree with you on the tough competition. Somehow, there's always someone who's better than you, has more experience or is better educated. Something like that. So I think it's also important to always try to improve your self like further studies, or seminars or trainings, or even non-work related but personality enhancing activities could help. Especially in these economies where there are so many people applying for one job. I hope that they were impressed that I was comfortable to have that demeanor during the interview. (Secretly, I love interviews. This is a time you can brag a little about your self without sounding very arrogant. )
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
1 Mar 12
With the amount of people going for jobs these days I think it is hard for anyone to get a job, so long as you were not being silly at the interview I think it would be refreshing to the interviewers to have a bit of a laugh, just be yourself and you will get a job one day.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
Well, I don't think I was not being silly (well I hope the interviewers don't think so). And I hope they laughed because they thought what I said was funny, and not that they laughed at me. I guess I will just have to wait it out, because there were two other guys who got interviewed. May the best woman (or man) win!
@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
13 Mar 12
I think an interview is the time when you need to be as professional as is appropriate. Even if the interviewer makes jokes it may be a test. I have been in interviews when there has been great rapport between the interviewer and myself and it has come down to experience and suitability for the job. In the cases where I hit it off with the interviewer, I managed to get the job. An interview is not the place for laughter...unless it's the final one where they tell you that you've been selected and even then, it's best to keep it subtle and brief. Best of luck to you.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
6 Mar 12
I don't think that there is anything at all wrong with having a good time when you are at a job interview. In fact, I tend to think that is a good thing because it shows those people that you are interviewing with that you would be able to have a good time with your job and that is something that is important. If you don't enjoy your job, then you won't be an employee that lasts. Thus, I think that the reason that you've had many interviews and no job offers is probably because of the fact that you are not an exact match for what they are looking for.
• United States
2 Mar 12
As a Personnel Director, when I interviewed people, I looked for professional, friendly people who looked at ease. Persons with these traits usually work very well with the public because they are comfortable in their own skins. If you were intentionally laughing and joking and taking time away from the more serious aspects of the interview, I would not bring you back for a second one. Usually interviewers have a limited amount of time for each person they are seeing in a day. They want to get in a good interview and return to the money making business at hand. If you are extending the interview, but giving no additional useful information, you are a liability and will be seen as such.
@Metatronik (5899)
• Pasay, Philippines
2 Mar 12
It is alright to have fun in interview as long as you can still manage your limitations.
@shibham (17025)
• India
2 Mar 12
There is nothing wrong to have fun in an interview if the experts are not harsh or rigid. I have faced many interviews and there were rare chance to have a fun but take it easy. It will not hamper in qualifying the interview,as i do believe. Have a nice time.
@Hatley (152184)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Mar 12
gloryacam I would sort of soft pedal any laughing until you nav sensed the type of person who is interviewing you.Some are very 'serious and if you are too flippant they will smile and even laugh but also will not hire you.best to be nmore sober u ntil you can figure out the person interviewing you.I think that most interviewers have at least one eye on the serious aspects of the job so it dependsonhe interviewer and on the type of job? sy they want to hire a nurse for surgical floor a flippant attitude might really turn the interviewer off of you as a potential hiree for the surgical nurse position.not much levity on the surgery floor. but maybe they are looking for a helper for a nursery teacher then a smiling happy laughing person might really fit in well. so study the job and the interviewer and behave appropriately.
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
I don't see anything wrong with the interview. As a matter of fact, I think you're doing it right. Perhaps because they already have someone in line for the position and all of these so-called final interviews are just for "show"? I don't know, I might be shooting stars but I think that's the reason. Anyway, I am positive that eventually you will land the job. I'ts just a matter of perseverance. Have a good day!
@inertia4 (26298)
• United States
2 Mar 12
I see nothing wrong with having a good time on an interview. I did and it worked out for me. After all, they like to see a person feeling comfortable. If you're very nervous about it that could have a negative effect. But it sounds like you did fine.
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
You never done something wrong. You're just being comfortable during the interview. I think some employers prefer to have an interviewee who are being themselves. Reaching the Final Interview is the surest way to land that job. What's not wrong in an interview is that you're touching the employer and making fun of their face. That's the surest way of annoying an interviewer.
• Brazil
1 Mar 12
I don't think you are doing something wrong. The problem is the competitiveness that we found in the job market nowadays. It is really difficult to find a good job. For sure a good interview is the one where the people have a good interaction, because you can show better to him who you really are and you can know better about the type of people you will find in your next job. Invest in some other courses to improve your résume and don't give up. Your time will come and you will be rewarded. Good luck and happy mylotting.