• Melissa Kartini

5 Foods to Avoid Before an Interview

When it comes to job interviews, people tend to think that simply studying the company they're applied for and preparing answers to general interview questions is more than enough. The truth? It's not.

While being able to provide excellent answers is an obvious A+ in any interviewer's good books, we should also be at our best both mentally and physically. This obviously means getting enough sleep. Not so obviously, it means we need to avoid eating certain foods before the interview.

Yeap, you read that right.

Here are the highlights to ensure your upcoming interview goes as smoothly as possible.

White rice

As surprising as it may sound (especially in rice-obsessed Asia), it is best to avoid eating white rice before an interview. The reason for this being that white rice has a high glycemic index, meaning that it gets digested quickly, leaving you feeling hungry despite having already eaten not too long ago.

Being hungry isn't the best state to attend an interview in, so be sure to avoid this one if you can!

Cereal and milk

Apparently, this classic breakfast meal is the perfect recipe for sending you to dreamland. Who knew? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the combination of carbohydrates, calcium, and tryptophan in this iconic meal will make you sleepy.

If being wide awake and alert is what'd you like to be come interview time, you know what to do.

Greasy and sugary foods

These are a guilty pleasure for many, and for very good reason; it is usually greasy and sugary foods that are so darned yummy. That said, that doesn't mean they're great for your upcoming interview. The scent of greasy food can stick to your hair, skin and clothes easily, which isn't the best impression you can make to an interviewer.

And as for sugary foods? While the initial rush they give you is wonderful, once it is over, they leave you feeling more tired than before you had eaten them.

Durian (of course!), garlic, onions and other foods with bad odor

This one shouldn't have to be said, but it happens. If you don't want to leave a bad impression on the interviewer (I know, I know. Skipping out on durian is a sin), you're going to have to lay off eating anything with particularly strong, especially pungent odors. You can eat anything you want after the interview, but before it, refrain to the best of your ability.

If you simply must eat food like that, don't forget to brush your teeth! To rid yourself of the smell, Safi Double Mint Toothpaste is a pretty safe bet for this formidable task.

Too much water

Water is the best beverage that one can take, but there is such a thing as having too much of a good thing. No interviewer is going to appreciate the three bathroom breaks you have to take during an interview.

Steer clear from drinking too much of this before and during your interview.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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