12 Tips for Your Interview Day (i.e. Game-Day) Routine (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Every great athlete has a specific regimen that he/she follows on game-day. Similarly, I encourage you to create your own routine for the day of the interview. Here are 12 things you should consider for your game-day preparation!

1. Exercise. Do it right after you get up, while listening to your favorite music. It will jump-start your energy levels and get you in a great mood.

2. Mind/Body Shower. While cleaning your body in the shower after exercising, clean your mind as well by reminding yourself of everything you have to be thankful for and by thinking about everything you like about yourself. Also tell yourself out loud why the company should hire you. You may laugh, but this positive self-talk really helps improve your mood!

3. Eat Breakfast. Go for a breakfast that is high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat, and which contains good carbs (i.e. egg whites, oatmeal, and some fresh fruit).

4. Floss and Brush. Do you know anyone that likes talking to someone with bad breath?

5. Get dressed. Get completely dressed, and double-check to make sure your clothes are free of any stains, holes, or wrinkles.

6. Travel in comfort.  In other words, if it’s going to be 100 degrees, don’t wear your entire suit to the interview; dress comfortably and then change into it at a nearby Starbucks.

7. Arrive very early. Arrive 30-60 minutes early (that is not a typo) and make sure you know exactly where you need to go.

8. Hang out at Starbucks. Then, go to a Starbucks or somewhere peaceful and relax. Inside of Starbucks, call some friends, talk to the staff, and loosen yourself up by talking to others.

9. Enter office and head for the bathroom. Actually show up into the office 5-10 minutes early and go to the bathroom and affirm to yourself that you look great and are ready. Then, go into a stall and hold a fixed smile for 30 seconds; it is impossible to be in a bad mood while smiling!

10. Be friendly to everyone you meet inside. Pretend each person you meet could be the decision-maker on getting the job. Once inside, acknowledge that you are a few minutes early and state who you are there to meet with.

11. Use small talk to relax. While you wait, do something to try to relax. Do not drink coffee in case you might spill it. Grab water when they ask to get you a drink or drink nothing. Read a magazine or just talk to the receptionist and ask them how long they have worked there, etc. Talking will help you release some of your nervousness.

12. SMILE and Stare (for a second). When you are greeted by the person interviewing you, SMILE wide, give a firm (but not suffocating) handshake, and make eye contact as you greet them. Ask yourself “what color is this person’s eyes” and you will be forced to make eye contact.

We’ll discuss what to do next in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!

 -Pete Leibman

Gen Y Career Expert and Speaker

President of Idealize Enterprises, LLC

President of BetterFitness BetterHealth, LLC



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