Let the Countdown Begin—24 Hours before the Interview

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Let the Countdown Begin—24 Hours before the Interview

This blog is written by Sarah, our Campus Ambassador from UCLA. She is a freshman studying Business-Economics with a double minor in Film and Spanish. A few of her passions include serving the community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as well as being an active member of Invisible Children.


Oh dear. You just realized that you scheduled an interview for tomorrow at 12:00 and you have done nothing to prepare for it. Before you start hyperventilating and thinking you are going to die, look over these tips for those tense 24 hours before the big day.

  1. Routing and Researching Google Maps should become your best friend. If you can, drive to the place of the interview just to see how long it takes to arrive there. This lets you know the exact route with confidence of the location of the company. Also, go on the company’s website and become a semi-fanatic of what the company represents. You need to think like a fan. A fanatic of something knows everything about the thing they obsess over. You don’t have to go to that extreme, but you do need to understand the company’s mission statement which will give you a clear understanding of the company you are hoping to intern for.
  2. Showing your Stuff Make sure you have about 5 copies of your resume prepared because you don’t know how many people are going to be at the interview. You want to show them all how brilliant and lovely you are, not just two of the five. If it is necessary, set up your portfolio and put it into a neat binder, so that the interviewer thinks you are a neat and organized human being. They are seeing your portfolio and resume not your dorm room.
  3. Sleeping Beauty should be proud of you Get a good eight hours. You need them. You need your energy, and a sleep-deprived monster does not show well during the interview. No sleep affects your mind as well as your face. Makeup may cover the bags, but your mind needs to be ready to conquer the spitfire questions that the interviewer will be throwing at you.
  4. Be a Health-Nut I always try to go for a morning jog or a yoga class the morning of the interview, just to make me feel good about myself and to wake up my brain. Also, I always eat a healthy and sustainable meal just to keep my energy and stomach in check: oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, eggs. Something that won’t make you sick or bloated during the interview. Obviously, if you have an 8 am interview, exercise the night before and eat a good and hearty breakfast the day of the interview.
  5. Get Glammed-Up and Gorgeous Give yourself at least an hour to do your hair and makeup, and straighten up your clothes. Make sure your makeup and look isn’t too intense because the interview is to show the company who you are.  There is no need to go to extremes to impress them.

Well then, get going. You’ve got an interview to kill and a company to hire you! Be brave, be prepared, and be yourself!