The night before the interview – six nerve-calming tips!

The night before a big interview can be a nerve-wracking time for any candidate. But one thing that can help you make that night's sleep a little more easy is if you're sure you're done all the little jobs that will help make the next day a success.

Here are just some of the jobs that could help you be in less of a rush on the day when you have an interview the next morning.

Know your route

Don't assume you know how to get to the place of your interview – these days it's simpler than ever to find out exactly where a location is using the internet.

Using Google Maps? The Streetview feature can be helpful in offering you a look at what the area you're aiming to reach looks like, which means you'll know it when you see it!

Collect those train tickets

If you've booked travel to the interview, get your tickets in advance so you won't have to worry about buying or collecting them on your way to the interview.

Prepare the outfit

You ideally want to be able to slip into your interview clothes as soon as you need to – so collect together everything with time to spare. Shine those shoes, iron that shirt and put it all in one place, so you'll not have to go searching for anything when the time comes to get dressed!

Give your CV and covering letter one last read-through

You might be surprised how often you'll be expected to simply reiterate the contents of your CV and covering letter in an interview – so make sure all the details are on the tip of your tongue. You'll be asked to go into more detail about certain parts of these documents, meaning it's also a good idea to have a think about what you might be asked – and come up with some ideas for how you will respond. This is a job that it's wise to do as far in advance of the interview as possible.

Research

This might be your last chance to do that bit of research about the people you could be working for. Though it's wise not to leave this to the last minute, if you have left it late, the best place to start is often the company website. Looking methodically through this will often help you to get to grips with what it is that makes the organisation stand out. Check company news pages as well, if these exist, so that you know what the latest developments for the organisaton are.

Relax!

If you have an interview the next day, don't be preparing things right up to bedtime: spend some time relaxing so you're in a good frame of mind for bed.

Remind yourself that this job, even if you really want it, isn't the only similar role out there. Have a bath if that's your thing, do a spot of meditation – whatever you fancy to get your brain in a calm place – after you've done all the pre-interview jobs you need to, that is!

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