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Five Things to Do the Night Before a Job Interview

Posted on: October 9, 2018

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You’ve done your research, polished your resume, and practiced your answers. Yet, with all the big planning you do before a big job interview, the little things can often fall between the cracks. We’ve compiled a list of the five things you shouldn’t forget to do the night before an interview to ensure that you give your best performance.

Print out multiple copies of your resume

Too often, interviewers rely on the interviewee to provide a resume, so make sure you have enough for every person in the room. To be on the safe side, print out an additional two to three copies in case an unexpected employee sits in on the interview. It’s also a good idea to bring along any relevant resources, writing samples, or research that could set you apart from other candidates.

Pick out your outfit

We all know first impressions are important, so your professional outfit is of the utmost importance in an interview. Save yourself any additional stress the morning of by having your outfit laid out and ready to go. This also ensures that your clothes are starched, wrinkle-free and clean. Make sure you’re planning on the most professional and appropriate ensemble possible.

Figure out how you’re getting there

Map out the best way to get to your interview the night before so you know how much time to leave yourself in order to get ready in time. Make sure to fit in some wiggle room for parking and unexpected traffic while still getting there ten minutes early. If you’ll be interviewing in a big building, you should allot time for a security check in and an elevator ride.

Make a cheat sheet

Create a list of quick facts to look over the next morning to boost your confidence before the interview. Hand-write a few helpful facts, like the interviewers’ names, company information, and some of your basic, prepared questions. Not only will this provide you with some last-minute refreshers, but writing it out should also help cement it into your brain better.

Go to bed early

A good night’s sleep is key to staying focused and alert during your interview. It also boosts your memory and creativity which should help you feel prepared to answer whatever question they throw at you. Make sure you’re using cool blankets and the highest-quality pillow possible to reap the mental benefits of good sleep.

Don’t let any small slip-up affect your chances at your dream job! Take the steps ahead of time to prepare for your best interview yet.