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Your pre-interview checklist: Everything you need to do the night before

 

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Are you starting to feel those pre-interview jitters? The sweaty palms, nervous butterflies and shaky legs?

Deep down you know you’re a great candidate but how do you get that across without appearing too pushy or completely uninterested?

The key to any good interview is excellent prep. Follow our night before checklist and you’ll arrive at your interview well-rested and ready for the challenge.

Pick your outfit

Do not leave anything up to chance. The night before your interview you should select your outfit. If you’re unsure about the dress code always err on the side of caution and go for something formal. It’s usually better to be overdressed than sloppy. Above all, choose an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in.

Check that your outfit is wrinkle and stain free, pick out a pair of matching shoes and leave everything that you will need on a chair so that you can easily access it in the morning. You don’t want any last minute disasters to ruin your prep.

Plan your route

How are you going to get to your interview? Will you have to walk or can you take a bus? What about parking? Figure out all these questions the night before and come up with a plan of action.

Double check the company’s address on their website (Google Maps isn’t always correct) and figure out how long it will take you to get there, then add 30 minutes. That might seem a little bit extreme but you never know what kind of delays you might encounter along the way. You can always stop for a coffee if you’re too early.

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Plot your escape

If your interview is during the day then you’re going to need to come up with a good cover story to tell your boss. Stick to the old favourites like a doctor or dentist appointment. Go into as little detail as possible and keep your reasons vague.

Be savvy about your attire. If you usually wear jeans and a hoodie to work you can’t rock up in your fancy interview clothes without raising suspicion. Get ready at home or change in a nearby cafe in order to avoid any prying eyes.

Know your stuff

The night before your interview you should do one last round of prep. Practice the basic interview questions and prepare some ideas that would have a positive effect on the company.

It’s also a good idea to give the company a quick Google perhaps they were in the news this week. Whether it’s for good or bad reasons this kind of information is key to your success. You need to prove that you are engaged and valuable.

Rehearse your body language

You might need to rope in your partner or a trusted flatmate to help you with this one. It sounds silly but practising your handshake and how you will sit etc. can massively boost your confidence on the day.

Run through some test questions and take notes on how you sit and use your hands. If there is no one about to help simply sit in front of a mirror. It won’t seem so goofy when you land your dream job.

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Catch some Zzzs

I know, that’s easier said than done when your nervous but getting a good night’s sleep is crucial if you want to ace your interview.

To help you to unwind ban all mobile phones/laptops etc. for at least two hours before you go to sleep. Instead, read a good book, take a bath, or listen to a podcast (preferably not a murder thriller).

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