To help calm your nerves before your interview, it’s a good idea to spend some time the night before making sure you’re prepared for the next day.
Here are seven things you’ll want to check off your list so you have the best possible start to the day of your interview.
1. Prepare your interview outfit
While you should have your outfit picked out well in advance of the actual interview, take some time the night before to lay out what you’re wearing so it’s ready to go for the morning. This is also a great opportunity to check it over for any stains or wrinkles.
2. Pack your bag
Have your bag packed and ready to go with everything you’ll need for the next day. This includes copies of your resume and any other documents you may need.
3. Plan where you’re going and how you’re going to get there
Jump on Google Maps and make sure you know where you’re going and how long it is going to take to get there. If you’re catching public transport, have your journey planned out so you know what bus or train you need to catch and when.
Remember to also plan for the worst case scenario. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, that way if you get stuck some unexpected traffic or a bus is running late, you’ll have plenty of time to spare.
4. Review your answers to common interview questions
You will likely have been practising your answers to common interview questions in the days leading up to your interview, but it never hurts to run over them the night before so they are fresh in your mind. If you need some help, check out our blog that details the answers to some of the more common questions you might be asked at an interview.
5. Plan your breakfast
You’ve likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy we need to get through the day and also helps improve memory and concentration, important things when you’re facing a job interview. So make sure you have breakfast prepared (or at least planned out) the night before, and give yourself some extra time in the morning to sit down and eat it.
6. Set an alarm or two
This one is pretty obvious, but it always helps to have an extra reminder.
7. Get a good night’s sleep
You want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go, and the way to do this is to get a good night’s sleep. Turn off the TV, put down your phone, and make sure you’re in bed at a reasonable hour.