(MoneyWatch) Before you walk into a job interview, you want to give
yourself every opportunity to show your best self. Even if your
interview is later today, there's still time to improve your chances.
Here are six things to do in the hours and minutes before your meeting:
Eat brain food Put
down the glazed doughnut -- it'll just leave you susceptible to an
energy crash during your big moment. Instead, fill up on meals and
snacks that will sustain you and won't leave your stomach growling
mid-question. "Eat meals that are low on the glycemic index and combine
carbohydrates, fats and proteins," says Tony Morrison, vice president of
Cachinko, a social networking and professional community. "Proven brain food includes fish, blueberries, spinach, nuts and legumes."
Warm up your mind
You want to be firing on all
cylinders by the time your interview begins. If your meeting is first
thing in the morning, consider doing the crossword or Sodoku while
you're already stoking your cerebral fires with coffee. "It's a great
way to get into the problem-solving mode," says Morrison.
Get handy with deodorant
palms leave a soggy first impression, and just feeling yourself melting
down can cause you to lose focus. "For those of us who occasionally get
sweaty palms under stress, rub a dab of unscented deodorant on your
palms," suggests Roy Cohen, career coach and author of "The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide."
Call a positive pal
spend time with someone who tends to discourage you, makes you nervous,
or who you envy and/or feel inadequate to be around," says Cohen.
Instead, call a cheerleader -- a friend, partner, mentor or even a
relative -- who can give you a last-minute boost.
Put away your notes an hour before
candidates have a tendency to rehearse talking points in the car or cab
ride on the way to an interview. But preparing up until the very last
second can backfire. "Don't over-practice," says Bruce Hurwitz, CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing. "You don't want to memorize your answers. You have to be genuine."
Take a quiet moment
you enter the office where your meeting will take place, try to briefly
clear your head. "Find a quiet place near your interview -- a church, a
library or a far corner of a hotel lobby - - to meditate and to calm
your brain," says Cohen. You'll enter your meeting prepared and on