Being over-the-moon excited about a job opportunity can be a good thing. Just make sure that enthusiasm translates into passion, not desperation.

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You’re just about to graduate from college and have been searching the Internet, looking for jobs. Or maybe you’ve been out of work for a while. Perhaps you’re currently employed, but desperate to leave.

No matter the circumstances, you’re passionate about finding a position as quickly as possible. Whatever you do, don’t let that passion turn into desperation or you might scare off recruiters and hiring managers.

To ensure you’ll come across as enthusiastic without seeming desperate, follow these six tips.

Apply for jobs only when you’re a good “fit.” Applying online for three or more jobs at one employer can make a candidate appear desperate to HR recruiters. It’s better to target the job that’s the best fit, and then speak with a recruiter about that job and any other potential opportunities within the employer.

Don’t oversell. Going overboard trying to “sell” yourself during telephone or in-person interviews can also come across as desperation. Instead of jumping immediately into why you’re the best candidate, discuss the job opportunity and requirements first — before talking about yourself.

Be prepared. Come to interviews with a list of questions that will help you better understand the job, the manager’s expectations, the department and even the company. Remember, interviewing is a two-way street. The employer is trying to find the candidate who is the best fit for the job, but it’s your responsibility to assess the potential employer and the hiring manager to see whether they are a good fit for you.

Be yourself. It’s OK to show your personality during an interview. Employers don’t want to hire robots; they want to hire real people … so relax, be yourself and don’t be afraid to let the interviewer see your personality or sense of humor. Just make sure the recruiter or hiring manager sees a professional version of the real you.

Conduct polite follow-up. After the interview, send a thank you email or note. Use the information you obtained from the hiring manager regarding the next steps and the time frame for the decision to create your follow-up plan. If you haven’t heard back, send a check-in email two or three days after the decision was to have been made. Don’t be annoying with follow-up actions or you’ll seem worse than desperate — you’ll come across like a stalker.

If you don’t get the job, let it go. Don’t bug the hiring manager by trying to change his or her mind or begging for another chance. Doing so might sabotage your future job opportunities with that employer.

Being over-the-moon excited about a job opportunity can be a good thing. Just make sure that enthusiasm translates into passion, not desperation.

Lisa Quast is a certified executive coach, and the author of the book Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach. Email her at lquast@careerwomaninc.com.