3 Tips for Avoiding Interview Fatigue 

3 Tips for Avoiding Interview Fatigue 
Gabe Moncayo

3 Tips for Avoiding Interview Fatigue

When you start getting interview requests, the first one that comes down the pipe is likely to get you really fired up about the company, the campus, the people you could be working with, and have you on your A game the day of that first interaction. You leave early, you get a haircut, you’ve put names to faces, and maybe even practiced potential answers in the mirror a time or two.
Then it’s off to the next interview, and maybe a few more if your resume and skill set are strong. It’s great to attract a lot of attention, but when the interviews keep piling up without an offer, it can be tough to stay locked in to giving your best effort again and again. This sort of malaise is dangerous, because it can cost you the opportunity to prove yourself to be the best candidate for a great job. When you come in at less than 100% focused and excited, it’s really noticeable to the interview team. So how do you keep your game face on and not let your enthusiasm wane as the first calls mount up but you still haven’t heard back from anyone? These tips will help you blow them away every time.

#1 Never stack up your interviews
If you’re a baseball fan, you know that the best starting pitchers don’t throw innings every day. It’s too exhausting for them and would wear their arm out quickly. You need to live by the same principle when it comes to scheduling your interviews. Try to put at least one day between two of them, and never ever schedule more than one. You need to do your homework on the company that’s bringing you in.
Make notes on who they are, what the position is, and visit their website to get a taste of their history, their leadership, and their culture.

#2 Critique your performance post-interview
You’ve shaken everyone’s hands, said thanks, and walked out of the lobby and back to your car. Zip over to a coffee shop and get to work analyzing everything that just happened. Where did you shine? Where did you stumble? Who did you feel like you were getting the best feedback from? And the worst? What areas of questioning did you feel you didn’t have a good answer for? When it was time for you to ask questions, did you have good ones? All of this information should be collated and reviewed before your next interview with this company or any other company. Not all hiring teams are going to ask the same questions, but you’ll hear a lot of the same themes again and again.

#3 Your “A” game deserves your “A” look
When interviews are piling up you might find your wardrobe struggling to keep pace. I’ve got my one good suit that I’ve worn to everything from weddings to funerals to job interviews over the years, but if there are two or three companies wanting to see you in seven days, you might find yourself leaning towards just the shirt and tie or just the suit jacket as you get interview fatigue. As Admiral Ackbar once said, “It’s a trap!” You being tired of the ironing board or not having the wardrobe to dress to the nines for every job interview is no excuse to look anything but you’re very best. Because if you’re the guy who comes in dressed less impressively than the office staff or the woman who wears a blouse is a bit too wrinkled, that’s going to leave a mark on your candidacy, fair or not. The same goes for interviews over Zoom. Every company wants to hire a professional, so make sure you look the part.

Your resume can get you in the door, but your interview game will be the biggest factor in whether you get the call back or given the fake smile and handshake on your way back out again. Make sure you’re giving 100% every time and taking the efforts to recover and plan between them.

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