How Athletes Can Get the Job Done in an Interview

“What qualifies you for this job?” Yes, you’re going to be asked this question during the interview, in one form or another.

As an athlete, you’ve been top of class. You know more than 99.9% of the population about your sport and all things related to it. But in the workforce, your knowledge advantage disappears. And that can make you feel uncomfortable, perhaps like you’re an imposter sitting in that interview chair.

So, how can you prove that you deserve the job? How can you prove that you have what this employer needs?

Imagine you are in the seat on the other side of the desk. You are hiring someone. What is it that you care about more than anything else?

I’ve worked with over 40,000 job seekers. And here’s what I’ve learned.

When it comes down to it, what’s most important to hiring managers is that you are someone who can be trusted to get the job done.

As an athlete, you know how to get the job done. You know how to work relentlessly to pursue a goal. You know how to overcome obstacles. You understand how to take direction from others, to ask questions, and to voice concerns.

It’s this ability along with your other underlying core strengths that give you a distinct advantage in the job interview and the hiring process.

But, you need to communicate your unique abilities during the interview process. And you need to avoid the usual clichés, like “team-player” or “hard worker” that cause interviewers to roll their eyes in disgust.

And there’s a way that I recommend you do this.

What about not having every skill? The truth is, no one walks in on the first day having every skill required to be successful. Every company is different, and every job is different. So every new-hire has to learn.

You may need to learn a bit more than others. That’s not a problem. Your other abilities can more than offset this disadvantage.

During the interview, you need to explain what these abilities are and tell stories that show your strengths. Your job is to demonstrate this work ethic and your underlying talents.

What are these underlying talents? Many people struggle to talk about them in the interview – even people who have been in the workforce for 20 years. The biggest reason why is what I call the “fish-in-water” effect. You can learn more about it here.

When it comes down to it, the job search is just like any other competition. You’re never guaranteed to win 100% of the time. By being well prepared though, you will improve your performance and your chances of winning the job offer.

And the interview, it’s the main event.

To be ready for curveball interview questions, to uncover your underlying strengths, and know how to communicate your stories, take a look at the Interview Success Formula.

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