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September 14, 2011

3 Pre-Interview Don'ts

Logo03 By Hank Stringer for Glassdoor.com

We have all read reports on the political prisoner who fasts to protest something -- no food, just water -- a hunger strike just to make a point. There are some of you who fast to cleanse your system and some who fast or deny yourselves certain niceties for Lent. The fast or denial of "things" causes one to focus on priorities, to improve, to  prepare and to get closer to ourselves or our maker. Call me crazy, but can we use the same approach to preparing for an important interview? I believe we can and offer the following three "fasts" to consider.

When you have an important interview scheduled, you may want to consider eliminating these three things from your daily living:

1. Unhealthy Foods.
Don't you feel better when you eat less? Eliminate heavy foods and sweets, and focus on a healthy diet, and you may find that you not only feel better about yourself, but also have a clearer head, as well as that spark of confidence that others perceive and may be the thing that puts you over the top.

2. News.
It is 24/7 and is a business vying for your attention with information that will keep you watching. And it is bad news we hear over and over and over -- on cable, on network, on the Internet, on the radio, down the hall, at the water fountain -- enough! You are about to present yourself for an opportunity that may affect great change in your life for the positive. You do not want to be thinking about problems of others while you prepare. When you drive, listen to music. When you are home, do not turn the TV on. Instead, try spending quiet time alone or in conversation with a family member. Either will help you get ready for the interview and in the end, again, could be the element that puts you over the top.

3. Alcohol.
Need I say more? When you are in an interview cycle, stop drinking. You need a clear head and it just makes sense to prepare with some abstinence. It won't hurt and will just make the celebration when you get the job that much more fun.

These points are logical; they make sense. But though they are, know that by fasting in these 3 simple areas you are likely putting yourself ahead of the rest of the pack. And who knows, you may find that by doing without unhealthy foods, an overdose of news and too much alcohol, it may make your life better and you may start interview fasting all the time.

Guest Blogger Hank Stringer is a member of the Glassdoor.com, Clearview Collection, CEO of Stringer Executive Search, and Chief Strategist to Novotus -- a professional recruiting agency.

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Plan healthy and stick with it.

Posted by: geo-targeted seo | Sep 14, 2011 6:32:08 PM

Good advice. I'd add another. Don't over rehearse. Be prepared but allow for spontaneity as well.

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