Food can have a major impact on your mental and physical state. In particular, what you eat before a job interview can either help you create the impression you want or make it that much more difficult for you to shine. Avoid the following foods before an interview to keep from making things harder on yourself:
– Sugar. Your brain requires a steady supply of sugar in the form of glucose to function properly, and it needs a lot of it. It might be tempting, therefore, to give it a little jolt before your interview, but that’s a dangerous game. When you ingest lots of sugar, your body compensates by slowing down the rate at which it draws from its regular supply. And then when the sugar rush ends, your brain ends up starved for glucose while your body recalibrates. You don’t want that happening during an interview, so don’t eat sugary food beforehand.
– Strong-smelling food. Foods like garlic or curry that have a particularly strong smell stay in your body for a long time. When you eat them, your body absorbs the compounds that make them smell, and those compounds can end up in your sweat. If you’re the type of person who gets nervous during an interview, you’re more likely to sweat. If you don’t want to give off a strange scent when you sweat, avoid strongly scented foods for at least a day before your interview.
– Beans and other high-fiber food. Fiber is good for your body, but it can impact your digestion in a way that you’d prefer not to experience during a job interview. You don’t need the distraction while trying to convince the interviewer that you’re the best candidate for the open position.
– Too much water. You need to be well hydrated for your interview, both to keep your head clear and your mouth from getting dry. However, if you drink too much, you may end up needing to use the restroom partway through, so consume water in moderation.