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Best Pre-Interview Rituals

Anonymous A asked on Apr 18, 2018

Hey guys, I've noticed that cramming right before a case interview has an adverse impact (found out the hard way unfortunately!) - since then I've usually taken a day off just before interviews to relax mentally, watch TV / listen to music and noticed it helps me be more energetic in interviews and cases. Curious to hear if its just me, or do others usually take time off too - and if so, what is your go-to ritual to prepare?

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replied on Apr 19, 2018
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My ritual (worked for mckinsey and bcg):

- 24hrs before, shut the books, don't think of cases any more.

- relax, go out into the sun (if possible) the day before, or for a jog/hike. Avoid walks - they tend to over-activate the brain into thinking about cases :)

- on the day before, visit the location of interview to get comfy with the roads, etc.

- DEF want to get into bed by 8pm so you fall asleep by 10.. wake up early.

- go for a brisk jog, get the blood flowing.

- have a light breakfast - carbs and proteins mostly

- get to office 10-15mins early, check in, relax, deep breaths. Take tissues if you have clammy palms when nervous. Or hand warmers!

- Take some chocos or power bars with you - esp if you expect 4 back to back interviews

- take some coffee on way to the interview but nothing 30mins prior..

Vlad replied on Apr 18, 2018
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Hi,

  1. Sleep well
  2. Relax
  3. Do some mental math just to keep up your brains
  4. Do 10 min of mental math right before the interview
  5. Think of the food and nutrition the day before and right before the interview

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