In prepping for the interview I came to realize something: prepping for an interview is very much like preparing for a race.
If you are like me, in the nights leading up to the race you are busy studying the race course, memorizing the water stops and analyzing any specifics about the course. The night before my interview I was also busy studying, this time learning about the company, memorizing the directions to the office and analyzing the LinkedIn profiles of my interviewers.
Not similar... in interviews you don't need to obsessively turn off your Garmin. (I hope.)
Another important race tip is to lay out your gear the night before. I make sure I have my top, skirt/shorts, shoes, bib, etc.. all ready to go to alleviate any extra pre-race stress. I did the same thing with my interview! I made sure to iron my shirt and skirt the night before, and hung them up on the front of my closet. I also made sure my portfolio was ready to go and I had a game plan for getting ready.
And, of course, the cardinal rule of racing: don't try anything new. The night before the race is not the time to try the new triple bean burrito at El Burrito Yummo and the night before an interview isn't a good time either. You'll have enough nerves making your tummy tender without the help of new, potentially distressing food. I stuck to grilled chicken, a sweet potato and yellow squash.
The big difference between an interview and a race is after a race you know how you did! With an interview you have The Big Wait. I also seem to be the worst judge of interviews; every time I think I did horrible I get a call. When I think I did great, I don't hear anything! :)
QotD: What is your best interview tip?