What is this advantage – this ace in their back pocket?
They have other real job opportunities available to them – other irons in the fire, so to speak.
But we’re not talking about just any jobs. These need to be interviews for positions that you’d give your left arm for. You should also already be in the running or in the same stage of the hiring process.
There's no need to have dozens of applications out there at once, though.
Two or three genuine opportunities at the ready, with companies you’d love to be a part of, works best.
It may sound strange, but keeping two or three irons in the fire like this is an essential step in preparing for a single interview – especially if it's for a job that you really, really want.
That way, if the job falls through, you won’t feel stuck. Nor will you have to face the sinking feeling when you ask yourself, “Now what do I do?”
Instead, you’ll have a backup ready to go.
Imagine how much less stress you'll feel.
When combined with the anti-discrimination approach we talked about yesterday, this is probably the ultimate ace in your back pocket when you walk into an interview.