Interview Prep 101: 5 Things to Do the Morning of an Interview

The day is here.

After hours spent perfecting your resume, researching companies, and applying to jobs — you’ve finally landed an interview for your dream role. The interview is in a few hours and you’re understandably nervous.

Here are some quick things you can do leading up to the big moment so you can present your best self:

1. Practice your personal elevator pitch.

You should be able to succinctly summarize your educational background, prior work experience, and qualities that make you a fit for the role. Be aware of your weaknesses and have a strategy ready for dealing with any questions related to them. For example, if you’re a coding boot-camper without a computer science degree, highlight any projects you’ve done working with the tech stack that the company specializes in. Did you take a gap year? Make sure you have a good narrative for what you did during that year so it doesn’t seem like you were just slacking off and binge-watching Game of Thrones.

2. Exercise

Physical activity releases hormones that make you feel upbeat and confident. This will help build rapport with your interviewers and keep your mind nimble as you tackle those deep, probing questions. Even 10 minutes of exercise can have a big effect on your mood so “I don’t have time.” is not an excuse!

3. Meditate

Meditation can improve performance and reduce stress levels. Find a quiet spot and focus on your breathing for 10–15 minutes. Apps like Headspace make meditation easy these days!

4. Snack and hydrate.

Make sure to drink plenty of water before your interview. Remember, if you’re thirsty, it’s too late. You don’t want to get light-headed or deal with a bout of dry mouth while you’re in the middle of a tough brain-teaser. In addition, try and snack on high protein foods like eggs and nuts. Too many carbs can make you drowsy. Don’t give off a low-energy vibe!

5. Practice your “power pose”.

Research from Harvard researcher Amy Cudder, suggests that standing in a “power pose” can have an effect on your confidence and performance by increasing testosterone levels and lowering cortisol levels. The below chart demonstrates this dynamic.

If you’re someone who struggles with confidence try posing in the “wonder woman pose”(demonstrated in the image below)for 2 minutes an hour before your interview. The increase in testosterone and reduced level of cortisol could give you the confidence necessary to present your best self.

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