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.
- Make sure you have all your documents ready
- 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)
- Be sure that you have a way of getting to the interview (Public transit? Driving?)
- Re-read the interview instructions and documents you need to ensure that you have everything.
- Make sure that you have comfortable clothes and shoes for the interview. Try them on.
The day before the interview:
- Don’t talk about the interview. It’s like fight club do not talk about fight club.
- 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
- Puppy or Pet therapy? Browse through instagram feeds of puppies!!
- Take a warm bath.
- Make yourself a warm cup of non caffeinated tea.
- Pamper yourself. (Facemasks? Your favorite meal?)
- Read a book?
- Do some bedtime relaxing yoga?
- Try to stay away from screen time an hour before your bedtime to ensure that you are not too anxious before sleeping.
- Journaling? Sometimes writing your fears down can help. Or talk to someone about it.
- Get a good night’s rest.
- Imagine all the things you can do when the interview is over!! All the stress from the interview will be gone!
- Imagine yourself succeeding and getting that offer letter!
- Be kind to yourself!
- You have made it this far! You got this!!
Day of the interview:
- 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!!
- 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!
Things to do to relax and fall asleep:
Do you ever have trouble falling asleep after a long day?
Sometimes I can’t fall asleep because I’m going through the day over in my mind thinking what I should have done or what I need to do tomorrow.
Here’s a few things I try when I can’t fall asleep:
- Do some sleepy time yoga. ( I love following Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. The bedtime yoga video helps me relax)
- Read a book. ( I find reading a book rather than being on your phone helps because the light from your phone may trick your brain and circadian rhythm into thinking that it is day time)
- Try to stop looking at your electronics before bed. ( Or I use apps that adjust your phones brightness according to the time of day. I use the f.lux app.)
- Drink some warm tea or milk! ( I don’t know why this works. But I’ve tried it a few times and something about the warm drink makes me sleep better. Camomile tea with a tiny bit of honey is the best for me).
- Try meditation? ( Focusing on something else really helps you to relax. I was recommended these apps: Calm and Headspace. I have been trying out insight timer. Lynn (@createyourdailyflow on instagram) had made a mediation group! I really like all the guided meditations on there and the customizable meditation timers as well.)
- Write it down. ( Journaling helps before bed to go through what has happened during the day or help you write down what you are unhappy with. Or if journaling is not something that is in your routine, try writing down whatever is bothering you and there is always tomorrow to figure it out!)
Hope this helps!
Networking has been really scary for me. It’s hard to meet other trainees and professors during conferences. I’ve had a hard time meeting others during conferences… typically I am alone at a conference.
But I have met really great people along the way and have learned something new every time!
Here are some of the ways that I meet other people during conferences:
- Meet others during lunch. If you see someone at a table alone… go up and ask if you can have lunch with them. (this is how I met my current supervisor!)
- Go to new trainee events (some conferences have separate talks or professional meet the researcher talks just for trainees and graduate students. I love going to these especially at a larger conference because you typically get to meet a smaller group of people and make connections easier that way.)
- Use conference hashtags or twitter meetups. (I’m my field, Twitter has gotten a lot of traction. Conferences use hashtags and encourage everyone to connect online.)
- Go to the vendors (Vendors at a conference are amazing and super nice and friendly. Some of them have been previous graduate students. They not only just answer questions about the products they are selling, but they are more then happy to chat with you! I have learned about jobs and difference career paths outside of academia by speaking with vendor representatives.)
Sometimes you do meet some people who don’t want to talk to you. But most of them do and are really friendly!! Don’t give up is my best advice!
Hope this helps.