We tend to read a lot more about general interview preparations than about how a candidate can do final preparations on the day of. When you really think about it however, there are a number of things you can do on that day to make sure that you present yourself as well as possible and make a compelling case for your own candidacy.
First, there’s the idea of making sure you’re centered and relaxed (without being sleepy or out of it). Another article on this very topic focused mostly on advanced preparation (like having your clothes ready), but also touched on the idea of finding a few quiet minutes to center or ground yourself. The implication seemed to be that you should do this immediately before an interview, though we’d also recommend it earlier in the day. Whether by exercise, meditation, yoga, or anything else that works for you, do what you can to put yourself in a calm and comfortable place.
Once you’re in a state of calm, it’s a good idea to have a conversation. And no, we don’t just mean about the topics at hand. Just have a conversation, and preferably a somewhat in-depth one. Talk about politics, or local news, or even a personal interest like sports if you have a good conversational sparring partner. The idea here is basically to get a verbal and intellectual warm-up, not with studied interview topics but just to make sure your mind is working at full speed and you’re ready for what could always become a lengthy chat with prospective employers.
In addition to these general warm-up tactics, it’s a good idea from a chemical perspective to eat strategically. You’ll find recommendations all over the place to eat breakfast before an interview, but what you eat matters also. An article designed to be read by real money gamers (who need to maintain concentration for their wallets’ sake) actually did a great job of lining up some of the best foods for this exact purpose. Foods that stimulate the brain as outlined there include coffee, green tea, coconut oil, blueberries, walnuts, and oats. Some of these are meant mainly for long-term brain , but they can also boost memory and concentration, which is clearly ideal on the day of an interview.
Another set of tips aimed at interviewers mentioned reviewing your resume and considering the conversation ahead. Other similar pieces talk about taking a last look at the company you’re trying to join and making sure you have your facts straight. Altogether we’d combine these tips and just say the final hours are a good time for a final, basic review.You don’t want to stuff yourself too full of facts or planned lines, because it can confuse things (much like cramming for a test), but an overview the day of can help a lot.
Naturally there’s plenty more you can do throughout the process to prepare adequately for an interview. These, however, are some of the most valuable things to keep in mind for the actual day of.
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