you’re excited you got the interview, now don’t ruin it with a cup of coffee…

Landing a job interview really feels like an accomplishment in itself. You’ve perfected your resume, you’ve written the freakin’ cover letter (why is this still a thing?), applied to several companies, and finally have your Big Chance. Now the nerves kick in. Beyond the requisite interview prep—​thinking of smart questions, outlining your strengths and weakness, etc.—​it’s wise to consider what you’re eating beforehand, too.

 “The last thing you want to be at a job interview is excessively nervous or hyper,” dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade says. “You also don’t want your stomach growling or gurgling during the interview.” She suggests eating a carbohydrate-rich snack, like a banana, a cup of yogurt, or a cup of whole-grain cereal, one hour before your meeting: “It will prevent hunger while providing you with the energy and mental clarity to ace the interview.” Nutritionist Amy Shapiro also suggests going for a fistful of whole grains along with nuts and seeds because they promote the production of the mood-boosting, relaxing hormone serotonin. To be alert and focused, nutritionist Sara Vance suggests green tea for its calming L-Theanine component as well as its dose of caffeine, which is less than a cup of coffee contains—​”it will provide energy, but won’t make you jittery,” she says. If your interview is in the morning, Vance says to try a breakfast combining healthy protein and fat (e.g., eggs with avocado and more veggies) to stabilize blood sugar, which, when low, “can increase feelings of anxiety and mood imbalances.”

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