Preparing for an interview can be stressful -- and time-consuming. You can spend days researching a company, brainstorming answers to "trick" questions and preparing your portfolio. With so much to do, it's easy to forget the practical details that can distinguish a successful interview from a tragic one.
This article focuses on the minor matters that job seekers often overlook before they sit down in the interview hot seat.
Getting Your Interview Gear Ready
Lay out your clothing in advance. You don't want to be frantically searching for a missing sock or clean shirt on the day of the interview. Make sure your outfit is clean and neatly pressed and take care of other time-consuming chores (polishing your shoes, trimming your nails) the day before the interview if possible.
Also, gather all the other important materials you'll need for the interview in one place, where you will be sure not to forget them. You might include copies of your resume, references and directions.
Just Call Me "Dragon Breath"
Your parents were right: You don't do as well on an empty stomach.
Make sure you eat before the interview. You don't need to have a huge meal. In fact, a heavy meal or one loaded with carbs can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. But a light meal or snack will ensure that your stomach doesn't start rumbling loudly just as you're about to discuss your most brilliant accomplishment.
If your interview isn't until later in the day, steer clear of stinky bards, such as onions and garlic. Whatever you plan to eat before the interview should be followed by some mouthwash and a good brushing.