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EP 1662 How can i keep my focus during long days AND multiple days of interviews?

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The title of this video is a condensation of a question I received from someone.
It reads, "I'm going on a five day, multi site, multi city interview for a job." He's one of the finalists. "All day long, except when traveling on planes, I'm going to be with people from the organization. Aside from taking mental breaks, like going to the bathroom, how can I stay emotionally intelligent from 9am to 9pm, every day during interviews, lunches, dinners. If I'm not being watched for so many days, my history talks about a max of two day interviews."
So, number one is, thank you. And I also want to say I don't know the kind of work that you're going to be doing so I'm going to try and cover some things that may not apply to this one question in order to deal with a broad audience. So, if you are being tortured by people, if you're being interviewed by people, is different. Because I don't know if you working in a plant, you're being interviewed by people as part of the process of being toured a facility or you're actually going to be sitting in an interview, being grilled by a panel or by individuals. There is a difference.
Now, you mentioned that will be traveling on a plane from time to time. I don't know how many days of travel whether you're traveling from city to city, each individual day to go to another location. If that's the case, the plane is your savior. That's because there you can sleep, you can meditate, you can review what you've done well, review the stories that you've told and look for commonality of the questions, notice commonality of the questions, to see what they're really fishing for as part of the interview.
Now, that's about the process of the interview. I haven't yet dealt with you in this because you've asked how do I stay emotionally intelligent? How do I do this? There's no simple answer, because I don't know you.
You've developed tricks over the years for doing this. You mentioned the bathroom breaks as being one thing. You've mentioned the possibility of traveling on the plane. I don't know, if you meditate, a two minute meditation goes a long way toward regaining your balance. A moment of reflection. You mentioned meal breaks. Well, for some people, they get recharged in conversations with others.
So if you're chatting with someone, and it's not extensively about work, but you're asking them questions, and you're just listening, you can ask them questions about their role in the organization, what they like working there. What this one is like to work for. What your predecessor had done well. Never ask the negative question. Let that come up in your questioning during the conversation with them. Ask people who tour you because some people get charged by connection with other people. I don't know if that's you. But in this scenario that you're describing, a five day multi site, multi city interview for a job, one of the places that frankly, you can recharge, as I mentioned before, is travel. But, assuming that you're an introvert, because I want to address that.
I've generally given extrovert answers, that is for people who find it easy to socialize, for an introvert, you're going to have to live on adrenaline, just like the extrovert will. I want to be clear; I'm not saying caffeine. I'm saying adrenaline. You're gonna have to live on that bottle of water that you're going to walk around with all day long. Drink. Keep yourself hydrated, because the stress is going to dehydrate you.
You want to think in terms of how do you protect yourself physically, in order to make sure that you're mentally prepared to deliver the goods because it's five days! I don't want to overdramatise that because you've already over dramatized it. Your focus is one meeting at a time. I remember Mohammed Ali used to talk about what he would do to trick fight judges into a winning him rounds.
What he said was I always started with a flurry at the beginning. I started aggressively at the beginning. The middle of the round I might loaf a little bit "I'm paraphrasing, obviously". At the end of the round, he would be very aggressive as well, because you want to create a strong first impression and a strong closing impression. He was less concerned about the middle.
For you, you want to be in that same boat, as well. You want to be performing at a high level at the beginning of each interview and at the end of each interview. I'm not saying to loaf, but your greatest impression has to be about the connection at the beginning and at the end.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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