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Interview Tip # 5 Relax

Don't be tempted to cram for your interview
Don't be tempted to cram for your interview
Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Review. By now you are getting the idea that there is really a lot involved when experts and others tell you to “make sure to prepare for an interview!” Already, we have covered

Practicing – Over Preparing

Taking Notes

Wearing Appropriate and Comfortable Clothes.

Visit the location the day before the interview

Relax!? You might be thinking – how can I relax!? Shouldn't you be practicing your answers to common interview questions? Reviewing scenarios to relate your experiences to the potential job? Studying the company?


After you have visited the location, there is very little more for you to do. You certainly should not cram for the interview. You are well prepared! You have visited the location and have an accurate idea of how long it will take you to get there.

Your interview outfit is laid out and ready to go (all tested for comfort and fit!). You have a well prepared folder and/or notebook ready with your questions and to take notes.

Now you focus on eating, drinking plenty of water, and getting a good night’s rest. Be sure to watch the news the night and morning before so you have small talk ready or are clueless about some big news story everyone is paying attention to.

Talk with your friends or partner about your excitement and how prepared you are. It’s ok to share with them that you are a little nervous if you are, but don’t make this your focus.

Do and read things that make you happy. Surround yourself with all things positive. Now is not the time to reach out to fellow unemployed job seekers who are currently in the doldrums.

Follow your time line for arrival, having plenty of time and not feeling rushed and you will be certain to appear calm, cool and collected. You will exude confidence!

So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3), Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. Tip # 6 (Breathe), Tip #7 Strike a pose, Tip #8 Smile, and Tip #9 - Ask Questions and Interview Tip #10 (Watch your body language) deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period.

Good Luck!

Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

Articles in my blog


Articles on the Web

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters-prepared and certified. She is a business owner with nearly 20 years of experience in Corporate Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about Mary and her services:

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