Athletes train insanely hard to qualify and compete in the Olympics. They push themselves mentally, physically and emotionally for the ultimate win. Let's learn from their example and prepare for our job interviews with the same strategies and determination.
Find a coach
Every athlete needs a coach to guide their training process and push them to meet their goals. In the same way, we need other people to come alongside of us as we prepare for job interviews. With the right job interview "coach," practice really can make perfect.
A good coach has the ability to encourage and call out. If you're preparing for an interview, find someone who is supportive but will address your weak areas. Ask a friend or family member to do mock interviews with you and practice common job interview questions. Here are a few examples:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to work here?
- Explain a time you had a conflict with someone and how you handled it?
- What is your experience in (retail, food, hospitality etc.)?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
Allow your "coach" to throw random questions at you so you'll be ready for anything and everything in the real interview. Try not to stumble over your words, but don't sound like a robot either. Confidence is key.
Physically and mentally prepare
You don't need to actually workout, but you can still physically prepare for a job interview by collecting the right materials. These include several copies of your resume, references and a professional interview outfit. Make sure you’re all set to make a great first impression. Is your hair neat? Are your clothes ironed? Are your shoes appropriate?
Even if an Olympic athlete is in top-notch physical shape, they can't jump into a competition unless they are mentally prepared. They run over their routine in their head and focus on every twist, turn or stroke they're going to make. As you practice for your interview, go over answers thoroughly in your mind. Knowing what you're going to say will not only improve your answers, it will help with any interview anxiety.
Set your eyes on the gold
Athletes also think positive and empowering thoughts to boost their confidence. They set their eyes on the gold, not the bronze. Tell yourself that you can land the job and that everything will go smoothly. Our thoughts can often influence how we end up acting so convince yourself that you're a star interviewee and you just might turn out to be one!
If you have a job interview coming up, train for it like an Olympic athlete with just a few simple steps. Find a coach, prepare and then set your eyes on the prize.