Now that you’ve mastered the art of the creative résumé, you’re ready to move on to the next stage in landing your dream career: the interview.
Interviews can be pretty nerve racking, and when you’re supposed to look poised and polished, nervousness is extra frustrating. Read on for tips to keep your cool in any interview, and prepare to be hired!
The easiest way to battle nerves is by minimizing the amount of things to be nervous about! Do your research on the company, prepare some questions for your interviewer, drill through some interview Q&As with a friend (don’t forget the tough ones)! We know it sounds cheesy, but practice makes perfect!
It may be best to schedule your interview for earlier in the day, so you don’t have to rush around as much to be on time! Once you’ve done a few run-throughs, get your outfit together, lay out any documents you might need, and prepare for the next morning as best as you can!
Catch Some Zzzzs
A bit of insomnia before an interview is to be expected, but getting some shut-eye really is as important as everyone says. If you’re already anxious about the next day, a lack of sleep is only going to amplify that! Our bodies need a solid seven to eight hours of snoozing to perform at optimum levels, and we’ll take any help we can get to make a shining first impression!
P.S., If you’re really having a hard time turning off your brain, deep breathing and meditation do wonders for putting your mind at ease!
Start Your Day Off Right (And A Little Early)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it makes it a lot easier to get your day started when you’ve planned a good morning meal. If you have something to look forward to when you wake up, you’ll probably be a lot happier to jump out of bed! While it’s definitely important to have something in your belly before you start your big day, try to stick with foods that won’t leave you feeling sluggish and crashing–keep it light!
Get Your Mind Off Of The Interview
Just like cramming right before a test doesn’t do much for your brain, it’s best to keep your interview prep to the night before. After your yummy breakfast, take some time for yourself! Burn a candle while you’re getting ready, listen to some calming music, and get in the right state of mind! If you can’t seem to shake it, try to channel your anxiety into positive excitement–you’re advancing your career, and that’s something to be excited about!
Early Bird Gets The Worm!
It’s never a bad idea to arrive anywhere 10-15 minutes early, especially when you’re trying to sell your admirable qualities (responsibility) to a potential employer. Even though it may seem boring to just sit and wait, affording yourself some buffer time to grab a coffee and prep is far more impressive than strolling in late.
Extra tip: When you’re sitting in the waiting room watching the clock tick by, resist the urge to pull out your phone! Mindlessly scrolling through social media isn’t the best way to impress a future employer, and even if they aren’t in the room, word gets around! You want to give off an air of confidence and preparedness, so look alert and be ready to score that position! And while you’re waiting for that “You’re hired!” call, be sure to check us out on Bloglovin’ (after your interview of course)!