I’m speaking figuratively, of course.
Mainly, I wanted to remind people that it’s extremely important to say the words “I really want this job!” (or the equivalent) at the end of an interview to let the hiring manager know, in no uncertain terms, that you’re interested in the opportunity. While you may think your interest in a given position is obvious, trust me, it’s not. I’ve conducted many interviews where I honestly couldn’t tell whether the applicant was at all excited by the role at hand. And this tiny bit of uncertainty can be a big strike against a candidate in a competitive marketplace.
Just recently, in fact, Nick Corcodilos of Ask the Headhunter fame posted a terrific article on this very topic, so let me refer you over to this article for a much more robust explanation of this interview step and why it’s so important:
For full effect, make sure to scroll down and read the series of 20+ comments posted at the end of the article. As is often the case with blog articles, the dialogue that transpires in the “comments” section after the main posting is every bit as useful and instructive as the article itself!