11 Things to Do The Night Before an Interview

suitAuthor: Alyse Kalish
Source: The Muse

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.

But that’s why you should actually spend time the night before doing a little something called preparation! Because when you’re prepared, there’s really no reason to worry.

And we know just what you should do. In fact, we made you a handy checklist to make sure you’re covered on everything from tough interview questions to finding directions to the office to prepping for any mishap.

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

Next stop, pack your bag with all the essentials—a stain stick, makeup, and of course, a copy of your resume (and portfolio if needed).

For even more ideas of things you should pack, this list of nine just-in-case items can help you out.

3. Figure Out Where You’re Going and How You’re Getting There

Hop on Google Maps to make sure you know the route—and check any emails from the company for important information on parking, confusing entrances, and anything else. (Oh, and if you realize it’s a big building or company, plan on spending five to 10 minutes dealing with security.) Write the directions down in your phone so they’re ready to go in the AM.

4. Review Answers to the Most Common Questions

You’ve hopefully been practicing for a few days now. But in case you haven’t, here are a few must-reads:

This feels like a lot—but don’t worry. Any preparation is better than none. So learn what you can tonight and don’t stress about cramming.

5. Research Your Interviewers

Make sure you not only know names, but also titles and department. If you have time, do a quick Google search and a little LinkedIn stalking to get a little background on what they might be working on.

6. Print Out Your Resume

The hiring manager may have your resume on hand, they may not ( insert frustrated sigh here ). Prepare for the person walking in not only empty-handed, but also with a few extra people who would love to see a copy.

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