Turns out, what you do on the day of the interview will contribute much more to how well you do in the interview itself.
- For example, how much sleep have you gotten?
- What are you planning to wear?
- And what do you eat to be sure your mind and body are properly nourished?
When you eat well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks before your interview, you will feel more alert and focused, be able to recall facts and experiences easier, and will generally be more equipped to impress your interviewers.
So what is the best thing to eat before a job interview?
Check out the information below to learn what are the best foods you can eat (and why), what foods to avoid, and some ideas for tasty, brain-boosting meals.
What should you eat before a job interview?
Proper nutrition is essential in all aspects of life so it shouldn’t be overlooked during the build up to an important interview or meeting.
A poor diet can lead to lethargy and sloppiness, whereas a healthy and balanced nutritional intake can give you a laser sharp focus, heightened awareness and really help to shake those dreaded interview nerves.
FATTY ACIDS (OMEGA 3)
Omega-3 fats build brain cell membranes and promote new brain cell information.
In other words, they make you smarter – great for sharpening your question-answering wit.
- Cod liver oil
- Improve mood
- Fight depression and dementia
- Improve memory and focus
The B vitamin family help your body to produce mood boosting serotonin, dopamine and GABA which balance your brain chemicals for an all-round increase in mental well-being.
Excellent for keeping you cool during a tensed interview.
- Prevent anxiety and low self-esteem
- Prevent insomnia
- Increase energy and motivation levels
Wholegrain slowly release glucose into the bloodstream which is essentially an energy source that keeps the brain functioning.
- Brown cereals
- Brown pasta
- Granary bread
- Increased concentration and focus
- Increased mental alertness
COFFEE (IN MODERATION)
Caffeine is a stimulant which can stimulate the production of adrenalin and dopamine to provide some great short term mental boosts during an interview.
BENEFITS (AFTER 20 MINUTES OF DRINKING)
- Increased alertness and concentration levels
- Pupil dilation which can lead to sharper vision
- Reduced tiredness
- Energy effects will wear off after 3 hours and cause a “crash” so drink about one hour before your interview
- Too much coffee can cause twitchiness so stick to small cup
- Coffee has a laxative type effect on roughly 3 out of every 10 people – if you are one of them, it may be best to avoid coffee altogether
Foods to avoid on the day
TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES
Consuming lots of carbohydrates like potatoes, bread and pasta causes the brain to release large amounts of tryptophan which reduces alertness and can even cause you to doze off within a couple of hours.
A small amount of carbohydrates is OK but pre-interview meals should be more protein heavy with a greater percentage of foods like fish, meat and eggs.
Odorous foods like garlic and onions should be avoided for 24 hours before your interview as they not only cause bad breath, but can even be secreted from your sweat glands, which won’t create a great first impression.
TOO MUCH WATER
It’s essential to stay hydrated but too much water before an interview will have you running for the bathroom between every question.
Drink a little beforehand and ask the interviewer for a glass to stop your mouth from drying during the interview itself.
Tasty brain boosting pre-interview meals
Tip: Eat between 1-2 hours before interviewing to allow proper digestion.
Some meals’ suggestions we give you in order to provide the best nutrition sources for your body and mind:
- Salmon, broccoli and brown pasta (flavor with low-fat pasta sauce)
- Chicken and kale wrap (with seeded wrap)
- Scrambled eggs and spinach on granary toast