3 Things To Do Before An Interview

That’s it, you’ve got it. The email you’ve been waiting for. After hours and hours of CV-editing, cringing cover letter writing and an endless list of applications, congrats! You’ve landed your first interview and they’re asking you to come the next day.

Now what? After the initial adrenaline rush, happiness is replaced by anxiety. Your palms are sweaty, you forgot how to breathe a while ago and you start thinking “I can’t do this. I’m not ready”. We’ve got news for you: nobody but you is able to make the best impression during that interview. Here’s three things that are a must if you want to make it out alive.


Study the company

It seems obvious and yet, it is the most important thing of the list. There is nothing worse than being faced to your potential employer and remain silent when asked the question “well, why do you want to work for us?”

It will be embarrassing for you, they’ll lose their interest in your profile and you’ll miss out on a good opportunity. So take the time to study their website, their social media profiles and what service they provide/who they worked for. It will both get you ready and calm you down and it will enable you to make a great first impression.

In the digital age, there is no excuse in not finding information about anything nowadays, so get on you virtual horse and start searching.


Have a good night’s sleep

Easier said than done, we know. After spending an entire day dissecting the company’s comings and goings up till the point you know what coffee the CEO drinks, you’re wondering how you’ll be able to turn your brain off.

Well, we have the solution for you: the “4-7-8” technique. Never heard of it? It is a breathing exercise meant to trigger a parasympathetic response in your body. Not only it will relieve you from stress, it will also make you feel relaxed instantly and will help you fall asleep rather quickly. The method is very simple: breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold it for seven and breathe out through your mouth for eight seconds. Repeat a few times until you feel completely relaxed.

Now, we’re not saying we are giving you the Sandman on a silver platter but heh, it’s worth a try.


Distract yourself on the bus/tube

Your best chance to nail that interview is to arrive there ready (and on time), but nonetheless relaxed. Repeating “oh God why me?” to yourself on the public transport won’t do you any good. You’ll get there out of breath already and you will have forgotten everything, right up to your own name.

So do whatever works to distract yourself: read a book, listen to a podcast, play a game or simply close your eyes and listen to your favourite songs while mouthing the lyrics.


Alice Clochet recently graduated from the London School of Journalism and is currently contributing to the Inspiring Interns blog. Give her a shout on LinkedIn.

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