3 Reasons Why Preparing For An Interview Gets Better With Alcohol
Could alcohol actually help in preparing for an interview? We’ve been hearing for years that a glass of red wine can actually help stave off heart disease, but can it really be the answer to helping on your next job interview?
Anyone that has spent time preparing for an interview can tell you that it’s not a pleasant experience. The stress alone can lead to anxiety, high blood pressure, and even lack of sleep. Here are three ways that moderate alcohol consumption prior to preparing for an interview might be the key to giving you the edge you need to succeed.
1. Alcohol can reduce anxiety.
Anxiety can destroy any attempts in preparing for an interview. How can you possibly Google your potential boss when you’re too busy curled up in the fetal position? A study published in the American Journal of Public Health has shown a correlation between moderate consumption of alcohol and stress levels. The study found that stress levels were actually lower in those that consumed moderate amounts of alcohol versus those that abstained. So, perhaps the next time you’re cowering in the corner instead of preparing for an interview, try cowering near the liquor cabinet instead.
2. Alcohol can reduce blood pressure.
Sweating, raised heart rate, and even headaches can all be caused high blood pressure, or hypertension – even temporary hypertension caused by stress. Are you finding that selecting your outfit for an interview is giving you a migraine? A Harvard study published in The Journal of Hypertension found the lowest levels of hypertension in young males consuming one to three drinks per day. Perhaps the next time your preparing for an interview is causing you to break out in hives, you should reach for a martini instead of the calamine lotion.
3. Alcohol can help you sleep.
You’ve been preparing for an interview all night and finally allow yourself to hit the pillow. You’re exhausted, and yet, you can’t sleep. How many of us have laid awake for hours the night before an interview only to feel like a zombie the following day? Could a snifter full of cognac be the answer to preparing for an interview? Perhaps a study isn’t necessary show the correlation between alcohol and sleep (I think most college students can prove that), but the key here is moderation. A little alcohol can help relax you allowing you to fall asleep, but too much can actually disrupt your sleep patterns. According to Alex Chediak, M. D., medical director of the Miami Sleep Disorders Center after several drinks, “Four hours into sleep, alcohol wears off and leaves you in an excitable state,” rendering your intentions moot.
Let’s be clear. Pub crawls the night before preparing for an interview is not probably the way to go. These studies were conducted with subjects consuming moderate amounts of alcohol – we’re talking a glass of red wine, not a fifth of vodka. Still, if printing out copies of your resume, rehearsing your handshake, and ironing your suit is making your hair fall out, a drink or two might be one of the best ways to go about preparing for an interview. Trouble preparing for an interview? Perhaps a nightcap might be the answer.
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