Have an Interview This Morning? How to Prepare!

Have an Interview This Morning? How to Prepare!

Some people are just up and ready to go in the morning. If you are not one of those people, you might dread the thought of having an early morning interview and even worry that you will not demonstrate who you truly are at such an inopportune time of the day for you. Fortunately, if you follow a few steps, you can shine during your next morning interview! So long as you do the usual prep—understanding the company, knowing what you might be able to expect—your morning interview can go as well any other if you follow just these simple steps.

1. Give yourself time to get ready and to get to where you need to be.

Do not roll out of bed at the last minute! Give yourself plenty of time to get your outfit together, shower, and drive to your destination. You never know what you will encounter along the way, and it is better to account for such things in your morning plan than to stress out about them as they happen! Unneeded stress is a good way to sabotage your interview. Also: be sure to dress appropriately not only for the interview situation, but also for the weather. The more comfortable you are, the better!

2. Eat breakfast.

Even if you are typically not a breakfast person, consider having something small to give yourself the energy you need to perform.  That way, you will not have to worry about a growling stomach in the middle of an interview. On the other hand, avoid eating anything too sugary or drinking too much caffeine, as that might increase your jitters.

3. Know how to get there before you leave.

Have a route in mind before you set out for the morning. Do not let yourself frantically pore over directions. Chart your route online and print it out if you feel it would be helpful and be sure to leave a few minutes early. Make sure you verify the address online and plug it into your GPS ahead of time if you use on. Again, plan for the unpredictable!

4. Get yourself in the mood to interview.

This tip is helpful no matter what time of day you are interviewing! Before you get to your interview, imagine yourself sitting in the chair talking with confidence, answering each question with ease, and having a generally successful time. A positive attitude can go a long way, so establish one sooner rather than later! If you feel anxious, try some breathing exercises to slow down your heartbeat; breathe in and out and count to five on both the inhale and the exhale.

5. Be confident!

Again, this tip is all about positive attitude and is relevant to any interview at any time. To get yourself motivated, consider writing down some of your strengths and accomplishments, how you have used such strengths over the years, and how they might make you the right fit for the position for which you are interviewing. Also be sure to practice your body language. Strike a few poses in front of the mirror, making sure that you are standing tall with your feet apart and your hands at your sides. The more confident you look, the more confident you are likely to feel!

6. Before you leave, check the company’s social media and any other relevant news sources.

The more up-to-date you are before you show up for the interview, the better. Not to mention, you will save yourself a lot of trouble if you learn everything you should know that might be of concern to you so that there are so surprises later. Perhaps some bits of information might serve as appropriate points of discussion in the interview, which will certainly make you look like a curious and informed candidate.

7. Be ready to make your entrance!

And finally—the moment for which you have been waiting (and preparing!). When you arrive at your destination, try to remain as alert as possible. Do not spend your time waiting by playing with your phone or fidgeting with your coat. You want to be eager and ready to go when your name is called. The more professional and organized you appear, the better impression you will give. Most important, be sure to smile!

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Are you ready for your next interview?  Do your interview skills pass the test?  Do you need some assistance in improving your interview persona?  If so, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services.  If you are interested in learning more about finance and accounting industry opportunities, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Finance Group.  Or, if you are interested in attorney or other roles in the legal industry, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.

 

Jacqueline Hill, Esq.

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Jacqueline Hill is a partner at Lexacount Search, where she places top senior-level and other legal talent with law firms and corporate legal departments across the United States. She has been writing about careers, lawyers, attorney professional development, and the legal industry for more than a decade. She can be reached at jacqueline.hill@lexacount.com or 215-740-0104, extension 101.

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