This is crunch time for many first years as you prepare for on-campus interviews. The next few weeks can feel overwhelming. While everyone wants to nail that interview, don't lose sight of what is most important, staying healthy and happy. Here are some tips to maintain your sanity as much as possible.
1. Focus on what you can control and let go of what you cannot. You cannot always control the outcome of an interview. You can control your preparedness. Practice, practice, practice. Form groups and work on your interview skills including walk me through your resume, behavioral/fit questions, and cases. Also meet with Career Advisors and Career Coaches if you need additional assistance. You are not in this alone. And most importantly, don't beat yourself up if you don't get that second round interview. Take some time to digest the interview, pinpoint the areas in which you need to practice and improve, and then move on. Don't waste precious time focusing on what you cannot change. And remember, mistakes happen, to everyone!
2. Manage your time well. It can feel daunting when you have interview prep, classes, group/club requirements, and family/friend responsibilities all in one day. Take some time to manage your schedule. Try not to over commit yourself. During the next few weeks it is all about time management and prioritization.
3. Don't forget to sleep. Now that the interviews are upon you, sleep, exercise, or do whatever it is that relaxes you. You want to be your best self when you walk into that interview and that means being well rested and not stressed. Last year, before an interview, I would be sure to get eight hours of sleep and go for a run that morning. I would feel rested and energized. For me, one more hour of cramming wasn't going to help, but walking into an interview with less stress on my shoulders certainly was. Figure out what it is that helps you be the best version of yourself and set aside some time before your interview to rest and relax.
Good luck and go to bed!