What to do Before an Interview
It is normal to be worried about an interview and have pre-interview anxiety. However, these fears can be controlled and handled effectively before the interview takes place.
Fears and nerves before a job interview can display in many slightly off-putting forms: Dry mouth, sweaty palms, shaking, heart palpitations and sweating. Don’t worry - you are not alone! However, there is a solution to these pre-interview nerves ….
The evening before
- Preparations before interview: Prepare a list of your achievements to remind you of how great you are.
- Make your final job interview test: Pretend that you are sitting in the interview room and actually performing. You know how professional you are. Practice your sales pitch one last time.
- Imagine: Think about the traveling route that you are going to drive tomorrow. See yourself in the interview room, hear yourself speaking with confidence.
The night before the interview
- Get enough sleep: At least 8 hours. Make sure that you wake up physically prepared and mentally refreshed.
The interview day: Morning or 3-4 hours before the interview
- Dress for success: power-dressing can help boosting up your confidence. It also impresses your interviewer.
- Eat wisely: don’t fill yourself up too much, eat as you would eat regularly.
- Document Check: check your folder one last time. Check (and read) documents like resume and job description to have it fresh in your mind.
- Needless to say: Don’t drink alcohol before interview, don’t smoke 2 hours before the interview.
- Prayer before an interview: If praying helps you to relax and calm your nerves, then pray.
Traveling to the interview
- Arrive early at your job interview and spend some time to freshen up. You don’t want to be caught in a traffic jam with no spare time left.
- Mind the time before the interview: Make sure to arrive 30-45 minutes before the interview so you’ll have enough time to arrange your thoughts and relax.
- Listen to music: what sort of music do you like – pop, power songs, relaxing songs? Turn on the radio and select your favourite radio station.
- Fresh air: Blast the air conditioner (or open the window) for fresh and crisp air. It will awaken your senses
Car parking or 30 minutes before your job interview
- Positive thinking and ‘happy thoughts’: No time for self-doubts. All thoughts should be positive. Close your eyes and pretend to feel happy and you feel happy – that’s the formula.
- Breathing: Breathe for four counts and hold your breath for four counts.
- Visualize your activities before actually performing them: Athletes use this tactic to concentrate on their mission. Before the interview, see yourself shaking hands, smiling, speaking, making eye contact and generally being comfortable with yourself – If you think it, it will happen
Go into the building
- Restroom check: First thing to do upon entering the interview building is going to the restroom. Wash your face, wash your hands and smile into the mirror. Take your time.
- Drink fresh water: No Coke.
- Cell phone: Turn off your cell phone.
- Take slow/deep breaths: Take deliberate slow and controlled breaths to regulate the amount of oxygen in your body – It helps your mind focus better.
So there you have it, these tips will undoubtedly help your nerves, but do not worry if it doesn’t fully cure you of your pre-interview jitters - an adrenaline rush is good for performance!