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What is your top interview prep tip?

14 Sep 13:00 by Catherine Lanigan

What is your top interview prep tip?
Do you have a special tip for preparing for an interview?

Here are a few responses from Muse readers on how they pump themselves up (and calm themselves down) pre-interview:


Prepare, But Laugh
“I prepare like crazy leading up to the interview. The day of, I get to the location 30 minutes early then find a place to watch The Office or Parks & Rec bloopers, usually in my car or a bench a block or so away from the interview.”

Jeff Van Schaik, government affairs

Dance!


“I blast Lizzo and dance in the mirror.”

Lauren Kronisch, dietitian coordinator


Reach Out

“I call my mom.”

Kathryn Sinkus, social media manager


Center Your Mind



“I do a meditation through [a meditation] app! It has some sessions specifically targeted toward interviews that are only a few minutes long. It reminds me to focus on my breathing and to trust my instincts.” 

Sarah Faulkner, museum professional


Get Silly


“Before I leave the house, I stand in front of the mirror in a 'superman' pose: Feet wide, hands on my hips, chin up, steely eyes. It's silly enough to take the edge off.”

Mike Tambone, marketing consultant


Have a Multi-Step Approach


“A great outfit is a must, and I review my notes. Right before the interview, I pop on a great pump-up song (mine is Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’), take deep breaths, say positive ‘I am’ statements out loud (i.e., ‘I am prepared’ or ‘I am so grateful for this opportunity’), grab a last look in the mirror, then it’s go time! I always walk into an interview smiling, it helps set my energy, is an instant confidence booster, and helps me look excited for the opportunity to interview.”


—Emily Clark, front line art manager



What is your special tip?





Source 'The Muse'