The Importance of Maintaining Composure on Both the Fairways and Interview Seat!

Josh Hawkins
September 13, 20132 mins read

I woke early Thursday morning for what was going to be ‘relaxing’ round of golf with my colleagues prior to embarking on a long day in the office.

It was a cracking morning, blue skies, warm weather, birds chirping; a fantastic way to reduce stress levels – until the golfing itself began!

I hooked my first drive through the trees and into the rough, my second wasn’t much better and my putting on the 1st? Don’t even go there. And it was all downhill from there.

I had lost focus and the ability to maintain a positive attitude. I spent more time focusing on my previous mistake, when I should have been looking forward, clearing my thoughts, maintaining concentration and focusing on the next shot. The only thought in my mind was the fact that my overall score was going to be rubbish, when in reality; I should have been focused on ensuring the next hole was going to be great.


The end result? I lost the game in spectacular fashion, ended up actually increasing my stress levels and had to buy the 4 of us breakfast.

Back in the office later that day (after calming down), I spoke with a senior candidate to gain interview feedback for an opportunity he was quite excited about. The feedback was all too familiar and brought me back to my game early that morning. He had been given a very difficult question at the beginning of the interview which had completely stubbed him. From then on, all he could think about was his disastrous answer to the question prior. He became stressed, lost all focus and concentration, and therefore answered further questions not up to what he was capable of.

The end result? He didn’t get the role even though he was the front runner going into the second interview.

Easier said than done I know but the key difference between a good golfer and an average golfer lies in their ability to move on from a terrible shot and to focus on the next - the same can be said about successful interviewees.

Don’t let one bad answer affect all chances of successfully getting that role. Move on and focus on the next question rather than believing you’ve destroyed all chances of success. Maintain composure, focus and a positive attitude and you have every chance of ‘winning’ at the end of the interview.

The key difference between the candidate discussed and myself? He had the ability and necessary skills to get the job, while there was no way I was ever going to win that game! 


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Associate Manager