Before lung disease forced my retirement, I loved play softball and flag football. And when I was a kid I loved playing basketball. What I remember are the day and moments before games: I’d control my diet, pre-game activity and mindset all day long, and then in the moments before a game I tried very hard to focus on the game, to visualize it, to not allow myself to get distracted by chores, work, etc.
When I interview for a job, it is the same way. I make sure I get enough sleep the day before, I try to rest as much as possible the day before, then the day of I regulate my caffeine, diet and exercise to maximize my performance at the time of the interview. In the moments before the interview, I think through all the questions, I put away my phone and I focus on my breathing/energy so that when the interviewer arrives/calls and starts asking me questions I am at 100% of all I can possibly do. For awhile, before my illness, I didn’t have to worry about it quite as much, but now all those things are extremely important. The actual job can be done with inertia and experience, but the interview takes 100% clear thought and energy.
I am glad I played sports. I feel like it was a good prep for interviewing. Along those same lines, one of my favorite feelings in life are in those final minutes before tip-off in basketball: the sounds, smells (of oiled hardwood), and the possibility of a great game. My favorite moment in sports has always been lacing a line drive over shortstop where I know I have a chance to turn a single into a double, and when a shot basketball starts to fall through the rim into the net.