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Thursday, 08/22/2013, 10:13 am

Amateurs, Here’s How to give the “Company Man” interview

Interviews seem easy. They’re just a simple Q & A right. Look up “worst interviews ever” on Youtube and then tell me they’re easy. A whole lot of fighters give generic interviews when asked about opponents, the company, and other questions about upcoming fights for good reason. BJPenn.com breaks down the lingo and teaches you how to dodge questions and pull off a neutral interview safely like a “Company Man”.

First start off with the typical answer to how your training’s going. Something like this:

“It’s uh going great you know. I’m in the best shape of my life and I feel 110% and ready to go. I’ve been working with my coaches on striking and my grappling. I’ve had a great camp this time”.

So you made it past the first question and survived. Now, here comes the second most asked question. What have you done differently to prepare for your opponent?

“I’m just sticking to my game plan. We’re building on my strengths and playing to his weaknesses. I’m training hard and I think this is going to be a great fight”.

Now comes a potentially tricky part. Don’t worry – being vague is still in your grasp! What if your opponent is talking trash about you?

“I’m just focusing on myself and my training. I’ve got a great camp and we’ve got a good strategy. I’m just going to go out and execute. I have no problem personally with him I think he’s a great opponent and it’s going to be a great fight”.

A tricky situation could be a question about a potential future opponent in the lead up to your next fight. Handle it like a pro and establish a vacant stare along with an apparent lack of interest in the question.

“I’m focused on this opponent and I just want to take it one fight at a time. After this who knows. It’s whoever the company puts in front of me”.

Finally, when asked about fighter pay be very careful and answer the question specifically emphasizing being indifferent.

“I’m thankful to the company for giving me this opportunity and being able to provide for my family. Money is not really a factor. I love this sport and I hope to be in it for a long time”.

Follow the above advice and you too can bore the hell out of every fan every time.

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