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Interview Prep: What To Do The Night Before

Preparing for an interview can take a lot of work and energy, but what should you do the night before the big meeting? It’s important to remain confident of the prep work you’ve completed, and take a look through some suggestions to help you have a restful, productive night.

Prepare for small talk.
One thing that many candidates don’t consider when intensely preparing for an interview, is the time before the actual interview. Think of some light topic discussions to have with the person at the front desk, and the interviewer prior to and after the interview. If you haven’t prepared for this, it can catch candidates off guard, but by just thinking through and considering some topics that you’re interested in and have prepared for, you’ll be able to show your personality while engaging in small talk.

Prepare a good breakfast.
The night before the interview, go ahead and at least think through what you’ll have for breakfast and pre-organize the prep process if necessary. Make sure you allow enough time for yourself to have a good breakfast without rushing.

Pick out your outfit beforehand.
It’s also helpful to go ahead and choose your outfit beforehand. That way you won’t have to waste time going back and forth between which tie to wear or which blouse to wear, and you can focus on the interview.

Get accurate directions and examine them.
Make sure to check out at the interview location on a GPS and become comfortable with the route the night before the interview. You should have already checked this in case there’s an issue to where you need to reach someone at the location, but make sure to account for any expected traffic or alternative routes just in case.

Think of examples on how to elaborate on an answer.
Another helpful tip to keep in mind the night before an interview, is to think through and practice any illustrative examples you can share to help embellish an answer you’ve prepared. For example, you might have practiced a knock-it-out-of-the-park answer and noted an example to share. Practice sharing that example rather than just remembering to share it. That way you can be sure to really hit your points home with the interviewer.

Scroll through social media.
If you haven’t already done so, scroll through the social media sites for the company you are interviewing with. This might also give you some good, last minute interview or small talk content, while also highlighting how prepared you are due to the real-time nature of social media.

Relax.
One of the most important tips to keep in mind during the night before an interview, is to relax. Don’t take the edge off with multiple drinks, but do find ways to help you relax. Take a long shower, watch a TV show, read a book, play a game with the family – or whatever helps you relax and enjoy yourself. By staying relaxed and going to bed early you’ll be more confident and mentally prepared going into your interview.

Don’t drink caffeine late in the day.
Make sure to be cognizant of when you drink caffeine the day before the interview. Don’t have caffeine later than you normally would. Remember, you want to be well rested and at your best!

Consider ways to stay focused and relaxed.
Lastly, consider ways to help you stay focused and relaxed while you wait for the interview to begin and on the way to the interview. Don’t psyche yourself out by getting too amped up or nervous. Instead, think of something you can bring with you to help stay calm. That could be an audio book, a Sudoku game, photos, and more. Do your best to consider some ways you can help calm yourself down the night before the interview, and you’ll be even more prepared than you were before!

There are tons of helpful tips and resources to help you prepare for your interview. For example, I recently wrote about Soft Skills to Highlight during Your Next Job Interview. Check that out as well.

Make sure to practice some of these tips during your interviews and on the night before your interview. Good luck!