Post interview reflections

Let’s talk about post interview stress.

I don’t know about you, but for me I stressed out after my interviews. I kept thinking about all the different ways that I could have answered the questions. I ran through all of the scenarios in my mind again and thought about all the places that I could have answered the questions better. While it is good to have some post interview reflections, it’s bad when you start having nightmares about your interview after the fact.

Write down your post interviews reflections, but try not to think and rehash the interview day over and over again. The interview is already over. Whatever happens now is out of your control!

To try to stop thinking about post interview since I will not find our the results of the interview until May-June…To mitigate my post interview stress I am tracking 5 habits this month to better my self care. I am tracking:

  1. Water intake (8 cups/day),
  2. Yoga (or any exercise),
  3. Vitamins,
  4. Sleep (7-8 hours),
  5. Celebrate the little wins (any success that I have had).

I picked these 5 because I found that in the past few months trying different things, these 5 help my physical and mental health the most. Water intake helped me skin feel much better and staying hydrated helped with my chronic headaches. Yoga and exercise release endorphins that help with my physical and mental health. Also, getting up and stretching after sitting at the computer for an extended period of time has helped a lot with my back and neck pain. I tracked my sleep in December, and found that my optimal amount of sleep that I need was 7-8 hours to feel rested the next day. The amount of sleep that you need definitely varies between individuals. To find out how much sleep you need to feel rested, the best way is to track how many hours you sleep and track it for a few days (minimum 3 days). For the days you are tracking your sleep, do not set any alarm clocks and sleep until you naturally wake up. You need a few days for tracking your sleep because you need an average number and also the first night that you track your sleep, sometimes if you have been sleep deprived for a few days prior, you tend to sleep more. Use the last two days of your sleep tracking and take the average. This will be how much sleep your body needs. If this number fluctuates quite drastically over the three days you are tracking your sleep or you still do not feel rested when you wake up, test and try sleep tracking again. Try it out! Let me know how it goes. Hope this helps you!

Tips to calm down before an interview

So I have been gone from the blog for awhile. But, I have been active on my Instagram posting thesis writing tips! Check it out! I saving these tips on my “Writing” highlights on @life_of_learning

For today’s post, I will be talking a bit about interviews. I have an interview coming up soon! I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous.

I got really great tips from chatting with fellow interviewees and others who have gone through the process and I’d thought that I would share and add some of my own.

Two days before the interview:

Try to remove as much stress as you can for the day of the interview by preparing beforehand.

  1. Make sure you have all your documents ready
  2. Map out your route to the interview and maybe test out the route? (Know how long it will take and when you need to leave to make sure you can get to your interview on time)
  3. Be sure that you have a way of getting to the interview (Public transit? Driving?)
  4. Re-read the interview instructions and documents you need to ensure that you have everything.
  5. Make sure that you have comfortable clothes and shoes for the interview. Try them on.

The day before the interview:

  1. Don’t talk about the interview. It’s like fight club do not talk about fight club.
  2. Have everything you need (clothes, wallet, documentation) ready to go and put out so that it is a quick grab and go for the day of the interview
  3. Puppy or Pet therapy? Browse through instagram feeds of puppies!!
  4. Take a warm bath.
  5. Make yourself a warm cup of non caffeinated tea.
  6. Pamper yourself. (Facemasks? Your favorite meal?)
  7. Read a book?
  8. Do some bedtime relaxing yoga?
  9. Try to stay away from screen time an hour before your bedtime to ensure that you are not too anxious before sleeping.
  10. Journaling? Sometimes writing your fears down can help. Or talk to someone about it.
  11. Meditate?
  12. Get a good night’s rest.
  13. Imagine all the things you can do when the interview is over!! All the stress from the interview will be gone!
  14. Imagine yourself succeeding and getting that offer letter!
  15. Be kind to yourself!
  16. You have made it this far! You got this!!

Day of the interview:

  1. Relax. You have made it this far! You got this!!! Have fun with the interview. It is a chance for you to know them as much as it is for them to know you!!
  2. If someone told you that it’s only a matter of WHEN you will get in, not IF. Not this year, then next year!! You are able and fully capable of doing this!! Remember this sentiment. It will make you feel a whole lot better! Remember that it’s not IF you get in, it is WHEN!!!!! Go get them!! Have fun with it! Enjoy the day!