15 things you should do right before a job interview

The simple answer would just be don’t be nervous at all. But we all know it’s not actually as easy as that. Read this article (that’s number the precursor) and the other 15 should help you though!

1. Arrive early, but don’t go inside.

Few things can shake you more than running late to an interview, so always arrive early. You don’t have to go into the building straight away, but definitely get there before your allotted time.

2. Stay calm.

When you become stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. Depending on the level of your stress, these can slightly or greatly inhibit your ability to think clearly.

3. Breathe.

This will help you remain calm. Deep breaths!

4. Briefly review your notes.

Before the interview you should write on a few note cards some key information like your interviewers’ names, titles, and relationships to the position.

Take the 15 minutes before the interview to review these notes

5. But don’t do any additional research.

You should be done researching, preparing, and rehearsing.

6. Don’t check your voicemail or email.

You may hear or read something that will get you all worked up. It will distract you and throw you off your game, which is one of the worst things that can happen.

7. But do check Twitter.

Take a glance at the company’s Twitter feed just to make sure no major game changers or hot topics have popped up since you did your research.

8. Decide on one or two things you want to be remembered for.

Is it your communications skills? Project management skills? Knowledge?

9. But stop rehearsing.

You don’t want to use this time to over-prepare or rehearse responses, which can make your conversation seem scripted and inauthentic. “You want to know your stuff, but remember your interview is a conversation. Trust that you know what you know, and that the interview will take on a flow of its own,” Shane says.

10. Organize your bag.

“Make sure you can easily pull the copies of your resume out of your bag without rummaging through it or exposing any personal items,” Friedman suggests. “You don’t want to look disorganized while you’re presenting your qualifications.”

11. Look in a mirror.

Duck into a nearby restroom to check yourself out in the mirror, Friedman suggests. “You may have left the house looking like a million dollars, but you could still arrive looking like a vagabond.”

This is also a great time to wash your hands and make sure your fingernails are clean and your palms are dry. If you wore comfortable shoes and plan on changing into dress shoes, be sure not to do this in the office.

12. Be friendly to all receptionists and security guards.

When you do finally walk into the office’s waiting room, remember to be nice to the receptionist, security guards, or whoever greets you. “It’s very likely that he or she will be reporting back to the hiring manager about how you behaved,” Friedman says.

13. Focus on your posture.

Sit in a power pose while waiting to go in for your job interview. “You’ll come across as looking more confident and poised,” Friedman says.

14. Notice what is happening around you.

Observe what the office environment feels like, what’s on the walls, and what mementos are in the reception area. ” These indicate what is important to the company,” Attridge says.

15. Think happy thoughts.

This may sound cliché – but thinking of pleasant things that make you smile and feel good will help put you in the right state of mind going in to the interview.

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