kathleen-150You love landing a great job, but just the thought of multiple levels of interviews can be daunting, and those thoughts can work against you. In the end it may not be the most qualified person who lands the job, but rather the applicant with the most dialogue stamina.

How do you stay mentally charged 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, but the process is holding you back.

What is keeping you from achieving your dream job?

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?

Don’t just survive the long process. Thrive on the confidence you will build from the process.

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

  • You know you are completing 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:

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 a Long 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 aka PMA: 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 your strengths.

Then, tell yourself how much you appreciate the opportunity to share your qualifications with others. The words you say in the mirror may pop into your mind later in the day during the interview, and you will say them with confidence because you believe them.


3.)  When you are neck-to-neck with someone else for the same job you must keep your momentum. 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. This will shift  you from a survivor to a Thriver.


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


5.) 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.


Like any race in life, finishing first is a must if you want to win. There is no place in the job market for second best.

Pacing yourself is the biggest key to success.  So while you pace the floor in your comfortable shoes waiting for the call-back you know is coming, think about how these five tips gave you confidence and the edge over all the other applicants.

Now, imagine how wonderful your new job is going to be… and smile.



BIO: 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 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 @ www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com