Whether you are interviewing for a new job or are one of the hundreds of Work and Travel participants about to head into visa interviews, these tips can be applied to any important meeting in your life.
- Dress Professionally – Your appearance is your first impression, and your first impression is important. Looking your best also helps you feel confident.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Skip the party the night before your interview. You want to be rested and refreshed so you can focus and think fast.
- Check Your Documents – Don’t wait until that morning to get your papers in order – you’ll have enough to think about as you walk out the door. Have everything organized in advance and double check to make sure you have all you need. Make extra copies and put everything in a professional-looking folder that’s easy to carry.
- Arrive Early – Getting there 15 minutes early is being on-time. Map your route in advance, have an alternate route in mind, and plan ahead for unexpected traffic or weather issues. Allow more time than you think you’ll need. It’s better to avoid additional stress by not having to rush.
- Smile and Breathe – If you are feeling stressed, take a deep breath and think of something that brings you joy. A genuine smile can go a long way during any interview. Smiling also relaxes your face muscles and actually brings joy to your brain cells (that’s science). Taking some deep, slow breaths can also help to release stress prior to your interview.
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