It’s Monday! Time to wake up, get motivated, and get after your week hard.
Before you need to balance work and life, you need to find work! Even that process can add undue stress to your day, however. Whether you’re a graduating student trying to break your way into the work force, a veteran at your occupation looking to make a career change, or simply someone involved in a semi-informal chat trying to be upwardly mobile in their current company, these interview tips will help make the process less daunting and allow you to present the best version of you!
1. Get sleep!… Two nights before the interview.
Most people will toss and turn the night before an interview. Generally speaking, however, people can function without any visible effects after a single night of poor sleep. So make sure that two nights before, you capitalize on a fully restful night!
2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
Not only is this a good idea for health in general, but it can have a visible impact on how “fresh and alert” you appear in front of your interviewer! It will also help prevent stomach growls mid-interview. No one wants stomach growls mid-interview, let’s face it.
3. Wiggle your toes. Seriously.
Nervous energy may not be fully avoidable in some instances, and can manifest itself physically. Instead of fidgeting with your hands or letting a leg twitch, focus the energy to movement that can’t be seen, such as wiggling your toes.
4. Schedule interviews in the morning, and take the rest of the day off.
Morning interviews allow less time for negative thinking over the course of the day leading up to the meeting, and help minimize the chances that something else goes wrong and throws you off your game. Taking the day off gives you less to worry about logistically, and allows you time for tip number 5…
5. Celebrate your survival.
Simply making it through an interview is an accomplishment. This is not the same as winning a ribbon merely for participation. Remember that they selected you from a pool of accomplished candidates to talk to, and you survived the meeting. Take time to do something you enjoy and celebrate the little victories!