Preparation is essential when it comes to acing a job interview, with the most crucial part of the preparation stage beginning the night before.
Making sure that the paperwork is organised, bags are packed and clothes are laid out are all part of the pre-interview preparation process. With that in mind, Forbes has compiled a list of the top five things that interviewees should do the night before the big day.
1. A good night’s sleep means everything
According to Bupa, getting a good night’s rest will improve the candidate’s attention and concentration. It can prevent the mind from wandering and keep candidates energised throughout the interview. There is nothing worse than rocking up to a job interview fuelled up on coffee to make up for a poor night’s sleep, so ensure that you go to bed earlier.
2. Review your CV and cover letter one last time
Reading over your initial application, and the accomplishments and skillsets listed on your CV will help you feel more prepared. For those candidates juggling the job search and sending out multiple versions of CVs and cover letters, reviewing their application the night before will ensure that stays fresh in your mind.
3. Prepare a list of questions to ask your interviewer
Asking questions in an interview is always a good idea because it shows initiative. Have questions already prepared, then you won’t be racking your brain to come up with something on the spot. Candidates should ask about the company’s culture, role responsibilities or a typical daily routine.
4. Plan the commute
One of the main stresses on the day of an interview is figuring out how to get there. The night before, consider your route. If you’re are driving, consider traffic and weather conditions. If you are catching public transport, check the timetables and allow plenty of time for possible delays to your journey. Aim to get to the interview venue 15 minutes before.
5. Plan your outfit
Organising your outfit the night before can help put your mind at rest and allows you to focus on having a good breakfast. Make sure your clothes are ironed and clean and pack your bag too.