There are some hiring managers that won’t extend an offer to you unless you indicate interest. So if you want the job, ask for it!
Believe me, the recruiting and hiring business has a lot of games to it. I could write books about the games that go on within companies and never run out of material. It’s true! We can debate why there are so many games, but the fact of the matter is, they exist and you will have to deal with it.
Some hiring mangers don’t like to be rejected, so they won’t extend you an offer if they think you will reject it. Crazy? Yes, but this happens. Hiring managers like to meet with candidates that are enthusiastic about joining their company. They don’t want to feel like they are the second, third, or even forth choice.
I have seen candidates get an offer because they showed interest in the company and they asked for the job! That’s it! I cannot stress this enough, if you like the position and the company, don’t play games. Don’t play hard to get! By asking for the position you’re not ruining your negotiation power, you’re just telling the truth!
In my business as a professional recruiter, I truly wish there wasn’t so many games being played by the companies AND the candidates. These games make it very difficult to do my job.
If you’re interested in the job, let the hiring manager know you’re interested. If you’re uncomfortable saying “I want this job” then say something like this “I’m interested in proceeding to the next step” when you say something like that it will separate you from the game players. The hiring manager will like that you’re showing interest in their company. So be aware, if you’re playing too hard to get you might be playing with fire! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!