6 Tips for the Morning of Your Job Interview

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Nov 19, 2021

Nov 19, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

Landing a big job interview takes a lot of work, determination, and patience. So when the big day arrives, it’s only natural to have nerves creep up on you. And if you aren’t prepared for them, the overwhelming gravity of what lies ahead can put you into an emotional tailspin.

But the opposite is true as well. If you are prepared – and if you have a plan for how to master every minute of your morning before an interview – you’ll feel calm, focused, and equipped. It’s all about how you approach the day!

6 Tips to Help You Be Successful

How you start your morning has a major impact on your mindset. In turn, your mindset plays a key role in the success of your interview. So if you want your interview to go well, it begins with winning the first few hours of the morning. Here are several tips to help:

  1. Give Yourself an Extra Hour

If you typically wake up at 6:30 in the morning, plan to wake up at 5:30. You want to give yourself at least one extra hour so that you don’t feel rushed. If this means you have to go to bed an hour earlier the night before, so be it.

  1. Get Some Exercise

You might not typically exercise in the morning, but doing so provides a ton of benefits.

Aside from the physical benefits that morning exercise provides, it also produces positive byproducts like increased alertness and more energy. As you work out, oxygen and various nutrients travel directly to your heart and lungs. Not only that, but feel-good chemicals like endorphins and important hormones like cortisol are released into the body. This leads to greater focus and a better mood.

These positive mental/emotional benefits tend to stick around for several hours after exercise. So not only are you enhancing your morning, but you could actually give yourself a boost during the interview itself.

  1. Eat the Right Breakfast

Regardless of whether you’re a breakfast person or not, eating a substantial breakfast on the morning of your job interview is a must. But if you’re going to go through the trouble of eating breakfast, make sure it’s the right kind.

Avoid sugary, starchy foods and instead opt for fresh, hardy foods that will give you energy without making you crash. Good options include apples, avocados, bananas, bran cereal, eggs, Greek yogurt, and steel-cut oats. If you’re brave, things like salmon, broccoli, and asparagus can give you a boost.

  1. Practice Self-Care

This is a big day, so take care of yourself. Take an extra-long shower or bath, use your bidet (if you have one), brush and floss, trim your nails, etc. Paying attention to tiny details of physical care like this forces you to slow down. It also gives you that added boost of confidence that you’re looking and feeling your best.

  1. Get Centered

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about being “centered.” In fact, it’s a pretty foreign term to most of us. And the reason we don’t spend much time dwelling on this idea is that we’ve never been taught how.

Thankfully, becoming centered – which basically means coming back to a place of internal balance, peace, and assuredness – is often as simple as slowing down for a few minutes and blocking out distractions.

Depending on your own personal belief system, you can try prayer, meditation, yoga, or even singing or chanting affirmations. The goal is to calm your nerves and remind yourself that you are more than this moment.

  1. Leave Early

Finally, leave early and give yourself plenty of time. If you know it’ll take you roughly 20 minutes to get to the interview, leave at least an hour prior. Should you run into any traffic or issues, this gives you some leeway. (The last thing you want to do is erratically run through the parking lot in search of the right building.)

Upon arriving, take a couple of minutes to sit in the parking lot and collect your thoughts. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the start time of your interview. While sitting in the waiting room, avoid pulling out your phone and mindlessly scrolling through social media.

Instead, sit with your thoughts and prepare to make a lasting first impression. When your name is called, calmly stand up, smile, and extend a firm handshake. You’re ready for this!

Putting it All Together

It might seem like a minor detail in the big picture of preparing for a job interview, but how you approach the morning of your interview has a major impact on how successful it is. Yes, you also need to prepare for interview questions and do your own research on the company beforehand. But assuming you’ve done all of your due diligence, a healthy morning routine will give you the mindset and momentum you need to succeed.