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3 Things Interviewee’s can Learn from Top Tennis Players

On04/ 07 /18
Tennis is truly an amazing sport – it teaches us to accept responsibility, learn strategy and build self-confidence. But how can its philosophy help you land your dream job? 

To celebrate Wimbledon 2018 Championships, at Bucks & Berks we’ve rounded up our three favourite tactics of world-famous tennis players to help you smash your next job meeting. 

“Champions keep playing until they get it right” – Billie Jean King

So you’ve made it – you’ve gone through the entire interview process with the confidence that you will finally land this job when the phone rings – your application has been declined. 

Sound familiar? Worry not. Instead of frustrating yourself, look back at your interview and recognise any potential mistakes you made. Were you prepared enough? Was your experience aligned with the job requirements? Remember that on average, every corporate job opening attracts over 250 CV’s but only 4 to 6 of these people will be called for an interview. If you were one of them, leave the frustration behind and keep on polishing your skills – just like successful tennis players do – in order to win your job-hunt game. 


“The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst” – Martina Navratilova

While being interviewed for a dream position many candidates are ashamed to speak about their weaknesses and failures. 
If you happen to be one of them, remember that life is full of ups and downs and they barely have a long-term, negative impact on your professional life. On the contrary, the mistakes you’ve made during your professional journey are a great lesson and you can easily turn them into learning opportunities to enhance your career.

But when it comes to attending the actual interview, you might notice that uncomfortable feeling you get when you’re being asked to discuss your weaknesses. Don’t worry though – this is a natural reaction. But if you want to maximise your chances of getting hired, it’s a good idea to practice your body language prior to the meeting. A survey by On Stride Financial revealed that 67% of hiring managers consider lack of eye contact as the biggest mistake candidates make, so make sure you avoid this when talking about your weaknesses. Just like tennis players reflecting on their failure in a game, try to keep a “poker face” on and speak confidently – after all, we all learn from our mistakes as life goes on.   

Need some tips about answering a dreaded question about your weaknesses on your next job interview? Our interview guide will help you prepare. 


 “I think I am great…therefore I am.” Roger Federer

When it comes to discussing you being a perfect fit for a company, providing a few real-life scenarios from your experience to-date is key to victory. To impress a hiring manager, make sure you note down the most remarkable facts and statistics. If you work in marketing, this might be, for instance, an increase of new users to your company’s website after you had implemented a new strategy. If your new role will require copywriting skills then bringing in samples of your written work is a good idea. Remember that just as in sport, winning is subject to your ability to present your best side by showcasing your skills and expertise. So make sure you’re well prepared and confident in what you do!  


Looking for more hints and tips to help you along your recruitment journey? Read our CV & Interview tips to make your CV stand out from the crowd.
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