5 Simple Solutions to Give You an Edge During a Long Interview Process

5 Simple Solutions to Give You an Edge During a Long Interview Process May 15, 2016

How do you stay mentally fresh during a long job interview process? Perhaps you have considered finding a new job, or asking for a higher paying position in your current  company.

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One of the things that may be holding you back from going forward is the long, nerve-wracking interview process itself that may involve many call backs for higher level interviews.

How can you stay fresh and on top of your game in an energy-charged environment? 

Long interviews can be emotionally and physically exhausting for a number of reasons:

  • You know you are competing against other experts in your field.
  • Your attitude and sustainability under pressure is also being judged, so you must be “up” at all times without looking fake.
  • It is difficult living under a microscope for an extended period of time.

Here is some advice for job seekers.


Remember-You are all in the same interview process so focus on what can you do to move ahead of the other interviewees.

Here are 5 Simple Solutions that answer the questions:

  • What are some ways to stay mentally fresh throughout the process?
  • What are some ways to find serenity as the pressure mounts?
  • How should you approach other opportunities that may arise?

5 Things You Can Do to Give Yourself the Edge During aLONG Interview Process.

1.) Wear comfortable shoes– sounds simple but when your feet hurt your whole body hurts, and it shows on your face which may be mistaken as a “grumpy person.”

2.) Positive mental attitude: Start your day right with mirror therapy. When you brush your teeth in the morning tell your reflection why you are the best candidate for the job by focusing on our strengths, then tell yourself how much you appreciate your opportunity to share your qualifications with others. The words you say now may pop into your mind later in the day during the interview, and you will say them with confidence because you believe them.

3.)  Keep up your momentum when you are neck-to-neck with someone else for the job.  Anytime you sit down take 3 deep “empowering breaths” and imagine them going to any part of your body or spirit where they are needed for reinforcement.

4.) Smile! Even if you do not get this job, your smile may be so memorable it will open doors for another one. You just never know.

5.) Drink plenty of water. Dehydration under pressure shuts down the brain neurons which slows down thinking and responses. You must be on top of your game.

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos taught The Profoundly Emotionally Disturbed for 10 years and Psychology at University of South Florida. She is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod, the Nautilus award-winning author of the International Bestseller Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing and advocates for health and healing at International Conferences throughout the country. Learn more about Kat @

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