Over-enthusiasm can ruin everything from the interview with the recruiter to getting the job done.
Let's talk about the flip side of initiative and find out what the catch is with the question from an HR manager, "What do you do in your spare time?"
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If you're genuinely passionate about your job, that's cool! But in a wave of enthusiasm, you can forget about personal boundaries.
How this manifests itself:
Appropriate companies recognise the problem of employee burnout. At the interview stage the employer will try to find out whether you know how to strike a good balance between work and private life.
"What do you do in your spare time?" - is a standard question of the recruiter at an interview. The question is not as simple as it may seem at first glance. What the recruiter is really checking is
Let's parrot you a bit now. There's a cruel but true saying: 'The summit of Mount Everest is strewn with the corpses of very motivated people'.
Burnout could well be compared to professional death. In 2019, emotional burnout syndrome was included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). It is a dangerous condition that can lead to anxiety, severe stress and depression.
Signs of burnout:
Coping with burnout is so difficult that people quit their once favourite jobs to nowhere, visit psychotherapists and try to remember what they liked doing before. In the Career Workshop video course, for example, experts help participants rediscover themselves and discover their true interest and motivation in work.
How to distinguish your own initiative from the manipulation of others
If there is more and more work to do and less and less free time to do it, take some time to analyse the situation objectively. First try to understand: do you take so much on your own initiative or are you at the behest of the company and the team?
Alarm bells ringing at the company:
If the toxic company atmosphere has nothing to do with it, follow some simple rules to prevent burnout:
At first, the effects of these small steps will seem subtle. In the long run, however, they will help you to build a healthy relationship with your work and prevent burnout. The main thing is to follow these rules clearly.