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As a rule, candidates who take a more proactive role in their interviews tend to get more callback interviews and job offers than candidates who take a passive approach to interviewing. Proactive candidates are often perceived as more engaged, more thoughtful and more enthusiastic about the position. Additionally, it's often easier for interviewers to envision working alongside someone who takes a proactive role in interviews simply because the interviewer gets to know more about an engaged and proactive interviewee as compared to a passive candidate.

The Benefits of Taking a Proactive Role in Job Interviews

Proactive candidates tend to be more prepared for interviews both in terms of the research they conduct and their ability to understand (and therefore articulate) their own experience. As a result of preparing more effectively for interviews, proactive candidate are often better able to determine whether the position under consideration is a good fit. Passive candidates, on the other hand, are often not as well prepared and, as a result, can come off as lacking in enthusiasm during interviews and/or as lacking in self-confidence. Additionally, passive candidates tend not to gain as much from interviews and therefore often lack a good sense of whether an opportunity is ideal for them.