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Things to do the night before an interview

Jun 8, 2017

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The night before an interview can be a stressful time — usually, one filled with "what if's?" What if I don't know the answer to a question? What if I trip and fall on my way into the office? What if I sleep through my alarm and miss the entire thing and never get a job ever again?

This is only normal, and you're certainly not alone in these thoughts. Here are some tasks you can do the night before an interview if you want to land the job

1. Lay out your outfit

Even if this is something you never do on a regular basis, laying out your outfit the day before ensures you're not scrambling in the morning to come up with something appropriate. Plus, it's a great opportunity to check and make sure your shoes match and that your clothes are stain and wrinkle-free.

2. Pack your bag

Pack your bag with all the essentials like a copy of your resume (and portfolio if needed).

3. Figure out where you're going and how you're getting there

Make sure that you know the route — and check any emails from the company/organization for important information or anything else.

4. Review answers to the most common questions

Do a study on the web and list down some common interview questions and make sure you are ready to answer those questions.

5. Research your interviewers

If possible, make sure you not only know names but also titles and department. If you have time, do a quick web search and a little social media & professional network stalking to get a little background on what they might be working on.

6. Prepare for the worst

Bad things happen — it starts pouring on your walk, there's traffic on a street that never has traffic, your shirt rips. While some things can't be prevented or predicted, they can be proactively planned for. For example, if you're worried about showing up late, give yourself even more time in the morning.

7. Set your alarm

This may sound silly, but sometimes you need an extra reminder.

8. Get a good night's sleep

Finally, you worked hard tonight, and you don't want to wake up cranky, so get some sleep. That means turning off your TV, powering down social media, and getting cozy at a reasonable hour. 

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Istiaque Ahmed Shawon
​Content Specialist, Chakri.com