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5 fool-proof interview rituals to follow

5 fool-proof interview rituals to follow

Preparing for an interview can be daunting. Your nerves are building, you’re worried you’ve forgotten something and it can all be a bit hectic. Unless you’ve got some fool-proof rituals to follow.

Preparing properly for an interview can give you a real head-start for the actual interview process. It can also keep you from becoming a jittering bundle of nerves on the day! But what are the best rituals to follow? Here are a few which are absolutely fool-proof.


Research the company beforehand

Researching a company before your interview should become second nature, like researching and revising before an important exam. Read and re-read the job specification along with the company’s core values and mission statement.

From this, you can then tailor your answers more specifically. This is a sure-fire way to impress the hiring managers with your knowledge and suitability to the company and role.

Practice your answers to each specific question you expect to be asked. Speak in front of the mirror to build your confidence to spot any bad habits, like looking at the ground or waving your hands about.

Set your alarm nice and early

Although this may seem like a crazy ritual to follow, especially if you know you’ll get more and more anxious as the day goes on, waking up early puts you in the best mindset.

It gives you the time to prepare yourself. Nerves actually give us the adrenaline, which will help you in your interview. Not to mention, you’ll have time to make a list of everything you need to bring with you.

The early bird gets the worm, and you’ll have a far more productive morning if you’re awake and about. During this time, make sure you have your portfolio and relevant documents ready, choose a strong outfit and leave yourself plenty of time for commuting. The last thing you want to do is be late.


Even those with nerves of steel get anxious before an interview. If you suffer badly from pre-interview nerves, go for a run or go to the gym in the morning to burn off some of that anxious energy.

If you’re not a keen runner, why not set your mind at ease with some relaxing yoga? That’s certain to un-jangle those nerves!

Exercise is a vital routine as it produces the chemical called endorphins. These interact with the receptors in your brain and trigger a feeling of happiness, acting as a natural painkiller, putting you in the best mindset possible for your interview.

Go over your game plan

In an interview, you need to be ready for all possible outcomes. What’s your plan of attack? What do you want to mention, and what are you leaving as a plan B?

Write out your answers until they’re ingrained in your head. This way, you won’t stumble over your words when you’re trying to think of an answer. Nerves can get in the way of your ability to answer questions to your potential, so make sure you’re prepared!

If you have a set plan for when you plan on bringing up certain pieces of your portfolio, or experiences and anecdotes, you’ll feel more comfortable and assured in your approach.

The interviewer will be looking for candidates who know what they’re doing, have the requisite experience, and know how to answer the tough questions.

Watch a motivational video

While it may sound a little cringe-worthy, this can really help boost your adrenaline and get your head in the right frame of mind before your interview.

This may be a ritual that has nothing to do with physical preparation, but it’s vitally important to be mentally ready for your interview. If you’ve got the right mindset, you’ll appear confident and assured and this is a great way to give off the best first impression to your interviewer!

What about one of the Rocky Balboa workout videos? Or perhaps quickly re-watching Shia LeBeouf’s ‘Just Do It’ motivational video – a perfect way to lighten the mood!

If you’re going for a management job, why not watch a leadership quote video?

While it may seem like a silly ritual to follow, it’s one that can give you the right attitude and provide you with a desire and hunger to succeed. This drive and passion will come across strongly in an interview with the hiring managers. Strong personalities always stand out.

Read our interview tips!

If you’ve only been for a handful of interviews, and you’re worried your technique is lacking – be sure to check out all our interview advice!

Perfecting your technique and knowing how to answer the toughest questions is the best ritual to have. This is especially essential if you are attending your first interview. You can always learn new tricks, and this is the best place to start.

Interview rituals you need to follow

Everybody has their own rituals pre-interview, so don’t think that you have to follow all of these. Use this opportunity to create your own routine, making sure you stay prepared, ready for anything and, above all, organised.

If you think your rituals aren’t working and you seem to keep failing your interviews, try switching up your routine a little. You’ll be surprised how much this can help!


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