drive-through of your interview location the night before. You remembered everything, right? Not so fast. What you eat and drink 90 minutes before your job interview matters a great deal. In fact, what you eat and drink 24 hours prior to your interview matters the most. In order to give you the best source of energy and metabolism boost possible, follow these recipe ideas to land the job you so richly deserve.
Nutrition Countdown to the Job Interview:
The Night Prior to the Job Interview:
6 pm Dinner: Salmon with light seasonings: watch the salt and butter - you don't want to bloat. Salmon is a brain food and high in Omega Fatty Oils, which keeps your heart healthy and your brain energized.
Asparagus with lemon. Asparagus cleans the heart valves to keep your blood pumping perfectly. One spear of asparagus is only three calories and loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber gives you the sense of being full. This is a great thing when trying lose weight and maintain good information in your brain.
Roasted sweet potatoes with a dash of low fat yogurt condiment - again watch the salt intake. Do not prepare these wonderful sweet potatoes with any type of sugar. You don't need it. Sugar makes your blood sugar rise and then crash quickly, making you hungry again. Eat these roasted sweet potatoes in their natural form. Roasted and slightly salted. Sweet potatoes are low-glycemic and high in water content. Yes, they are high in carbs - but it's the good kind of carb, if you don't add sugar, sour crème and tons of salt. Drink room temp water with lemon. Lemon is a natural diuretic.
8 pm Citrus Snack - preferably an orange. A whole orange and not orange juice. Whole oranges are a power-food, low-glycemic and high in fiber, which means your blood sugar isn't going to rise and crash. Oranges are a major digestive tract cleaner. The Vitamin C and citric acid found in oranges increase your body's ability to absorb iron and fat from the digestive tract. In Japan, they follow most meals with an orange for this very reason. Oranges not only absorb iron, but fat as well FROM your digestive tract.
Chamomile Tea - no dairy
Absolutely zero alcohol intake 24 hours prior to your job interview. Why? Dehydration. Alcohol dehydrates every part of your body - and in particular, your brain and eyes. No matter how well you think you react to alcohol while you're drinking it, you have zero control of the after-effects of the hangover. No matter how slight the hangover, you can count on alcohol (in any form) to dehydrate every tissue, organ and muscle in your body - especially your brain and eyes.
90 minutes before your job interview:
Drink one full glass of water with a lemon to flush out the toxins. I do this EVERY morning by the way. After 15 minutes, drink only one cup of organic coffee. Add Cinnamon.Cinnamon literally warms the blood for better flow to the heart and brain. Do not add cream, sugar, or milk. Coffee makes the mind and heart react faster.
Too much coffee can cause your blood to rise and then crash, while dehydrating you. Dehydration will make you forgetful, fatigued and cranky--not a good state of mind in front of a hiring manager. If you don't drink coffee, have one cup of organic matcha green tea. Again, no milk, or cream. Milk and cream will cause you to bloat.
One cup of steel cut oats with a sliced apple. No butter, sugar, milk or cream in the oats. All of these fatty and high calorie condiments will cause your blood sugar to rise and then crash. Steel cut oats are a superfood in the way of a powerful soluble fiber called Beta-Glucan. Beta-Glucan reduces the bad cholesterol, reduces blood sugar and cleans your gut of bad bacteria. These superfoods provide extreme focus and awareness necessary under the stressors of a job interview. Do add walnuts - lots of walnuts - to your steel cut oats. Walnuts are also a superfood. They assist in digestion, decrease inflammation, and contain loads of antioxidants. All of which helps you concentrate during your interview. You can make the steel cut oats the night before. Refrigerate and microwave the morning of your interview.
Carry in your car, one piece of whole wheat toast, brushed with a little olive oil and a dash of oregano in case the interview goes long and you're starving by the time you get to your car. Some interviews take morning and afternoon hours with a break inbetween. Prepare for this event as well.
Carry two bottles of water with you. Sip some of the water on the drive. Arrive at the job interview 20 minutes early. Use the restroom. Carry one bottle of water with you inside the building. As you wait to be seen, sip the water thoughtfully as not to get dry mouth for the interview.
Never chew anything during an interview, like gum or mints. The only exception here are throat lozengers, should your throat be sore, or you have a cough. Explain to the Recruiter that you're trying to keep your throat and/or cough under control. Never shake the recruiter's hand if your not feeling well. Let them know why you are not shaking their hand. Truly, they will appreciate your thoughtfulness when not spreading bad germs.
Use chap stick right before the interview. Sip some water.
Literally, take 3 deep breaths. The air in your lungs will help clarify your speech and annunciation of words. The sips of water will keep your thoughts flowing and your body hydrated.
You are what you eat. Nothing comes shining through to a recruiter like a well rested, and fully alert candidate. A candidate who took the time to remember that nutrition is a very important element of a job interview.
As an employer, I can always detect a worker or applicant who rushes everything - including their nutrition. Your health, well being and nutrition must come first, 24/7.
Written by: Deb Kloeppel, Founder & President