NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Whether you're desperate for a job or convinced you're the world's greatest hire, you shouldn't convey that in an interview. Experts say coming across as overly needy or boastful are the quickest ways to rejection. Here's why your attitude may rub hiring managers the wrong way.
If you're too confident ...
Employers are looking for candidates who exude confidence but aren't overly boastful, says Robin Ankton, regional vice president of Accountemps, a division of Robert Half.
"They want to know about your accomplishments and how they relate to the job, but they don't want to hear about why you think you could do a better job than they can," Ankton says.
When you boil it down, an interview is a lot like a first date, says Amanda Augustine, job search expert with TheLadders.
"Confidence is attractive, but arrogance is a turn-off. Who wants to work with someone who has a big ego?" she says. "Employers consider how you behave in the interview to be an indication of how you will interact with colleagues, vendors and clients on the job."
Remember that you're interviewing for the job at hand, says Paul Sorbera, president of Alliance Consulting. Too often people talk about what they "really want to do" rather than selling themselves for the job that's available.
"If you oversell yourself and portray that you have a skill set beyond what the job requires, you're going to be perceived as inappropriate for the job," he says. "You're basically saying, 'I could run the world, but I'll take this job,' and no one wants to work with a person like that."