The last month has proven to be phenomenal in regards Irish sporting success stories. From the giant killing heroic of the Irish cricket team, the winning of the RBS six nations for both men and women, to the heroics of the Irish soccer team last night against a much favoured Poland, who had already taken the scalp of World Champions, Germany, earlier in its campaign. On the local front, we had the mighty Farney men of Monaghan travel the length of Ireland and secured victory over All Ireland champions, Kerry, in their own back garden in Tralee.
What have all these great sporting feats got in common?
There are three traits that are jumping out; namely belief, attitude and focus. Each team believed in their individual and team capabilities, had a very positive attitude to the games in hand and were totally focussed on the end objective; success. This was despite formidable opposition and hurdles being put in their way.
How can these principles be applied to the interview process?
Having belief in your capabilities and your achievements, as outlined on your CV, is critical. This belief needs to be deep found and just like the Irish soccer and rugby team, you should be able to withstand criticism from pundits, remaining strong in regards self-belief despite the knocks you will receive along the way.
Attitude is king. The laws of attraction dictate that you are lot more attractive to potential employers when you display a positive attitude, rather than displaying negative or indifferent opinions in an interview situation.
Regardless of the opposition and the hurdles you face, you should be focussed on yourself, your interview and your end goal. You have a unique set of skills, competencies and capabilities and your objective should be to optimise these in an interview situation by focussing on the specific requirements of the position you are being interviewed for.
There are many lessons to be learnt from success in the sporting arena which if applied in the interview process, it can greatly enhance your probability of success also.