If you ever asked someone to name a time in their life that was extremely stressful, it would probably not be shocking if many of them named a job interview as a stressful time. Emotions run ramped before an interview as individuals are excited for the possibility of getting a job, nervous that they will not win out over their competition, and anxious over what questions will be asked. The stress you feel can cause the level of stomach acid in your stomach to increase which can in turn cause you to feel sharp pains in your abdomen. Feeling these pains right before a job interview is not desired. Eating right the morning and day of your job interview will help avoid stomach pain while providing you with good brain fuel.
If your job interview is in the morning, a well-balanced breakfast will help give you the burst of energy required. Instead of a hearty and dense meal, opt for a more nutritious focus. Digesting a hearty requires more energy from your body which will leave less energy for you to function at full capacity. You don’t want to be drowsy and yawning during your interview! The best approach would be to have whole grains, fruits, 100% fruit juices, etc. Some complete meal options include:
- Granola/cereal, yogurt and an apple
- Scrambled eggs, toast and orange juice
- Whole grain bagel with low-fat cream cheese with orange juice
- Peanut butter and banana on an English muffin.
If your job interview is after lunch, have one of the above mentioned or similar style breakfast meals and for lunch create a meal combining a few of the following foods that promote active brain functioning:
- Fruits (grapefruit, apples, cherries, oranges, and grapes)
- Vegetables and legumes (soybeans, kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils)
- Dairy products (milk and yogurt)
- White meat poultry
- Fish for omega fatty acids which, just like protein, helps with neurotransmitters
Eating the right foods before a job interview could have a serious impact on your performance at the interview. Take your time in choosing and preparing meals the day of your interview to ensure that you eat foods that provide maximum brain power.