We all derive inspiration from different sources when it comes to the job interview. And sometimes, it’s when we take a break and escape into the world of cinema that we find the words to move us forward in our own reality. Here are 10 great movie quotes to provide inspiration in your job search:
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
You’ll never achieve anything if you don’t take action. We can spend our lives planning or with good intentions in place, but until you act, you will not succeed. If you are only trying, you are not yet doing. Don’t be afraid to fail. Go into the interview with your decision made one way or the other, “Do. Or do not”. And if you’re going to “do” then make every effort to make something great happen.
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” (The Princess Bride, 1987)
One of the biggest parts of landing a job is knowing how to package yourself. Whether it’s your online presence or how you portray yourself in an interview, people should always know where you stand. Your personal brand is more than your resume; it’s that part of you that resonates with others at the end of the day and makes you memorable. It’s your willingness to stand up and fight for your honor. What identifies you at the end of the day?
“You have got to buck up, man. You cannot drag this negative energy in to the tournament!” (The Big Lebowski, 1998)
Whatever you’re focused on outside of the here and now can wait. When you’re going into the interview you have to put on your game face and concentrate all of your energy on those moments because you won’t get them back. Don’t let yourself be somewhere else and miss an opportunity to be great or let negative energy occupy your mind when you’re on a mission.
“There’s nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you’re trying to be twenty-five.” (Sunset Boulevard, 1950)
There comes a point when we must all accept who we are and be okay with that. There’s no point in trying to be someone you’re not in the interview so embrace who you are and play to your strengths, because you’re just wasting energy and burning time when you try pretending to be someone you’re not.
“Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” (Caddyshack, 1980)
It may sound a bit counter-productive to stop thinking, but sometimes we over-prepare, over-analyze, and over-think our situations. When you know you’ve done your prep work and practiced over and over again, there comes a time when you have to stop thinking and allow yourself to act on instinct, anticipating the moves through the interview before they come, internalizing the path to success, and “be the ball.”
“You ought to spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” (The Breakfast Club, 1985)
The job interview is a time when you want to impress, but the achievements of your career will make a better impact than trying to talk yourself to the top of the pedestal. Spend your time on making sure you have a career path you’re proud of and you won’t have to expend extra energy trying to convince others to believe it when it comes time to pursue a new job.
“Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it’s because they sat there they were able to do it.” (Up in the Air, 2009)
If you’ve ever doubted your ability to do something, it’s always important to remember that every great person started out in a similar position to where you are now. If they could do it, you can too, so remind yourself when you’re having anxiety about heading into an interview that because you’re sitting where you are now, you’ll be one step closer to changing your future.
“The gunfight is in the head, not the hands.” (The Quick and the Dead, 1995)
It’s not necessarily how fast you can draw, but knowing your opponent and yourself that wins the battle. The fight to succeed in the interview is entirely an internal struggle that you are in control of. Don’t let external factors distract you from taking accountability for what happens. You stand a greater chance of standing tall at the end of the day if you are mentally prepared to take on the task at hand.
“You lost today, kid. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989)
There comes a time when we have to admit defeat in the interview. But, being defeated does not necessarily mean we have failed if we are willing to get back up, learn from the experience, and move forward. Never let the taste of rejection sink in. If you get comfortable with it and begin to expect rejection, you will perform to those expectations in the job interview. Get back up and fight harder the next go round to land the opportunity you want.
“Coffee’s for closers…” (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)
At the end of the day, if you want the reward, no matter how great or small, you have to put the work in to get there. Results are what matters and if you don’t put in the effort, you’re not going to get them. If you want to land a job, you have to give it your all to prove you’re worth the investment.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote from a movie that applies to the job search? Share in the comments below.
Robin L. Rayburn is the Editor & General Manager of Interviewing.com. Robin was introduced to the recruitment industry in 2007 and her passion for people has never let her stray far from it since. In her spare time she manages her blog, RestlessPillow.com, tweets from @interviewingcom and @chitowntexan, and is always striving to help those around her who have a vision for success. You can also find Robin on LinkedIn and Google+.