True texts from my mom: “How are you doing on building your resume?” “I’m reading your friends’ Linked Ins, and I’m having a minor heart attack.” And wait for it! Here’s the best one. “No, I’m not being annoying. I’m worried about your future!”
So needless to say, I’ve joined the ranks of job seekers. (Anyone want to hire me? 🙂 ). And I’m hardly alone, because it’s that time of year again…Interview season! Recruiters swarming the campus. Students running around in uncomfortable suits (more on that another time). Career offices busy.
Whether you are looking for the perfect internship, part time job or hoping to land your after graduation job (and coast through the rest of this year), you definitely want to ace those interviews.
Does what you eat matter? Well, I researched that (because agreeing to do so and write this post bought me five minutes of peace from my mom’s texting). Here’s what I found out.
1. The obvious. No smellies. Avoid onion and garlic beginning from the night before your interview.
2. Less obvious. No Peanuts. Not kidding. The oil from peanuts is excreted through your skin long after you’re done eating them. Guaranteed, if your allergic interviewer goes into anaphylaxis, you’re not getting that job. That swirl of peanut butter in your oatmeal that looks so good on instagram? Skip it!
3. No tummy growling. Remember to eat. This is not the day to skip breakfast so you look skinny in your suit. If you’re hungry, you won’t be able to focus. Worse, you don’t want to be remembered as the girl with the growling stomach!
4. Brain food. It exists. What you eat and how you think are actually related. Go for protein which will have the added benefit of keeping you feeling full. Omega 3 fatty acids actually increase brain volume! To get that big brained effect, try eating a fish rich in those Omega 3s like salmon once or twice a week.
5. Coffee is your friend. Coffee will definitely help you feel and seem alert and awake. Don’t overdo it though. Feeling jittery and not being able to sit still in your seat is not the effect you are going for!
6. Avoid a sugar crash. Sugar highs are great until the inevitable crash comes. Lay off the sugary choices like cereal, muffins or donuts (duh), and choose a well balanced meal with complex carbs and plenty of protein to keep your energy up throughout your interview and to avoid looking puffy.
7. Check your teeth. You may be feeling so proud of the healthy salad, packed with protein (see #4) that you ate. Cool, but no one else wants to see it, and the last thing you need is your interviewer fixated on the lettuce in your teeth!