Prepare for an Interview: Night Before the Interview

The night before or morning of the interview:

  1. Sleep well

Don’t cram any last-minute interview preparation in just before bedtime, as this could disrupt your sleep. Relax before bed to ensure you get a restful night’s slumber, so you’re firing on all cylinders the next day.

  •  Eat a healthy breakfast/lunch

Fuel yourself with slow-releasing carbohydrates prior to your interview, such as porridge for breakfast or wholemeal sandwiches for lunch. These will keep your energy levels topped up for longer, so you stay alert and don’t suffer any energy slumps during the interview. Avoid alcohol at all costs.

  • Stay calm and confident

Naturally, nerves will begin to kick in, but try to stay calm and confident. Take deep breaths and practice positive, self-affirmation thoughts in your mind. If you’ve done adequate research, you shouldn’t have anything to fret about.

  • A final read through

Give your research and preparation a final glance before the interview, to keep it fresh in your mind. Now isn’t the time to be doing any new research.

  • Don’t forget printouts

Make sure you’ve got printouts of your CV with you, as well as any other supporting information, like references or a portfolio. Pop a notepad and pen in your bag just in case you need to write anything down.

  • Dress appropriately

Make sure you dress appropriately for the job interview. You must look professional. Try checking out the LinkedIn profiles of the company’s employees to get an idea on how they dress. Don’t leave ironing clothes to the last minute – it’s best to do this the night before, so you feel as organised as possible.