Job interviews can be a stressful time because of all the anxiety and pressure based on performing your best. 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.
Instead of coffee the morning of the interview, try having an apple which contains the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee and provides energy that is longer-lasting. Without as much sugar as coffee, the apple will not cause you to crash a few hours after consumption.
Also, try to avoid coffee which will increase stomach acid, more so than orange juice, and might increase the chances of abdominal pain when compounded with stress.
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:
- Protein provides amino acids to the brain which help neurotransmitters send messages in your body:
- White meat poultry
- Low Glycemic index foods do not increase insulin secretion so blood sugar levels remain steady to avoid the sugar crash:
- Fruits (grapefruit, apples, cherries, oranges, and grapes)
- Vegetables and legumes (soybeans, kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils)
- Dairy products (milk and yogurt)
If your job interview is in the morning, a well-balanced breakfast will help give you the burst of energy required. You might think a hearty breakfast would provide you with stamina for your interview; however, it could actually have the opposite effect.
A hearty meal will require more energy from your body for digestion 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 one of the following options:
- Whole grain bagel with low-fat cream cheese with orange juice
- Peanut butter and banana on an English muffin.
- Granola/cereal, yogurt and an apple
- Scrambled eggs, toast and orange juice
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.