24 Hours to a Job Interview? How to Prepare

When you’re on the hunt for a new job, you have to be ready for anything. Sometimes, that includes being ready for an interview on short notice. What are you supposed to do when an interviewer wants you to come in the very next day?

Here are a few tips to help you to make the best of a next-day interview situation.

Material Concerns

Do as much as you can in the time you have available to prepare. Some Internet searching should give you a deeper overview on your prospective employer to help you shape your message and get a better handle on what they’re looking for. Double-check to make sure any important documents (like fresh copies of your résumé and list of references) are ready and your interview clothes are clean and pressed.


Try your best to put yourself in a calm, confident frame of mind. Avoid conflicts, in your own life or in the media you consume. Instead of a horror flick, put on an uplifting comedy. If you’re into Shakespeare, ditch Macbeth for Twelfth Night. Depending on your tastes, a long bath or a good bike ride might help you eliminate unnecessary stress.

Look After Yourself

Your physical presentation can say just as much as your interview skills. Go to bed early, avoiding caffeine the evening before, and get a full night’s sleep, so you’ll appear well rested and alert. Wake up early, be extra diligent in your personal hygiene and grooming habits, and eat a light, healthy breakfast. Avoid anything the night before or the day of that could give you an upset stomach, bad breath, or make you feel bloated. It’s especially important to take a pass on the alcohol. A few beers might relax you the night before, but any hint of a hangover will kill your prospects.

Get In The Zone

With a next-day interview, you don’t have the same time to semi-consciously think about the various scenarios involved and mentally build your confidence over time. It’s thus even more vital that you be able to put yourself in the right frame of mind. Think about what makes you want this job more than another, and about why you would excel in the position. Use that confidence in the interview.

We can help you be prepared for important short-notice interviews. Contact us to learn more about how our staffing expertise can help you.