Juggling Multiple Job Interviews Without Going Crazy

December 9th, 2013 | Articles, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

juggling multiple job interviews

If you have been keeping up with your holiday job search, you may just find yourself juggling multiple interviews before the year is up. While this may seem like a blessing at first, it can quickly devolve into a winter storm if you are not on top of your game.

Juggling multiple interviews involves tact, organization, and a heck of a lot of perseverance, especially when you pile it on top of the comings and goings of the holiday season. To avoid feeling like you are one interview or errand away from sliding into a holiday meltdown, gain some traction with these tips.

Map it out

When dealing with multiple job interviews it pays to be organized. The first thing you should do is sit down and lay out your game plan for the next few weeks. When are your job interviews? What needs to be done before each interview? When is your next holiday party? Laying everything out will help you visualize a plan of attack that is coherent and easy to follow. Don’t miss out on a crucial interview just because you have too much on your mind.

Prepare to be prepared

You have heard it time and again: make sure you research the company before your interview. Preparation is key, and when juggling multiple interviews it becomes necessary to organize that information. Use the map of events you have created to keep you on track and prepared for each engagement. The last thing you want to do is prepare for the wrong interview. Imagine meeting with a telecommunications company when you just spent the previous night preparing to talk about the healthcare solutions industry.

Live in the now

There is no sense in worrying about the interview you have tomorrow when your focus should be on the one that you have today. More importantly, take everything in stride. If your interview the day before didn’t go well, learn from what you did wrong so you knock the next one out of the park.

What if you are asked about your other interviews?

It is commonplace that a hiring manager may want to know if you are interviewing elsewhere. While this is a topic of conversation that you want to steer clear of bringing up, it may occur nonetheless. Your response should be honest but vague. Do not mention the names of the other companies interested in you, but it is entirely acceptable to tell the hiring manager that you do have other interviews set up with companies similar to theirs.

Also, you should avoid specific details. You don’t want to tell a hiring manager that is interested in your coding skills that you are also applying for a database position. Lastly, you should emphasize your interest in this particular company and steer the conversation back towards what you can do for them.

By Kevin Withers

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