It's the night before the job interview. You've done your research, practiced with common interview questions, and did as much as you could to set yourself up for success. Yet, it's not over until it's over. You still have one night left to worry about the "what if's." Instead of stressing out, use that time to finish your preparations. It can help you relax and make the day of your upcoming challenge go more smoothly. Here are three things to do.
Get rid of last-minute worries by arranging your clothes and gathering necessary items for the following day. Lay out your outfit and check that everything is in good order. Is it free of stains, loose threads and wrinkles? Prepare and pack extra resumes, your portfolio, cheat sheets, pens, a phone charger and anything else you'll need. Leaving these tasks for the next day can be time consuming. It can also adversely affect your nerves, especially if you're frantically searching for a misplaced item.
Look over the details again. Where do you go? What do you need to do? That may mean rereading emails that contain instructions from the interviewer and looking online for your route. Familiarize yourself with the location, the building structure, available parking, and more so that can put your mind at ease. Get rid of one less thing to worry about. It will also help you to be timely as you’ll know what you need to be doing.
Even if it may not seem obvious, your physical and mental health is an important factor. It can affect your cognitive ability, mindfulness and mood. Try to be in the best condition heading into your interview. Don't let hunger or lack of energy throw you off. Plan and prepare a good breakfast for the morning. You can also set aside some free time for yourself to meditate, get some exercise, read, or do something that makes you comfortable. Then, and this may be the most difficult step, get enough sleep to make sure you can be fully attentive the next day.
Use your time wisely so that you can build the momentum needed to head into your interview and succeed. How do you prepare the night before an interview?