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March 8, 2012 10:03 PM Subscribe
Ok, I have less than 24 hours, and I am already sweating: what are some drastic short-term steps I can take to stop myself from sweating in an interview?
posted by This_Will_Be_Good to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have an interview tomorrow. I should be preparing for job-related questions, looking over my own qualifications, etc and I can only think about what I am going to do when I start sweating.
I need some drastic short-term tricks to keep myself from sweating.
I know it will happen. No matter what I do, if something goes awkward or gets tense, I will start to sweat a bit on my forehead. The moment I notice this -- which is quickly -- it just spirals out of control. I can feel beads on my scalp. My eyebrows will get damp, it will get in my eyes. This is not a hypothetical scenario -- this just happened to me on a recent interview. Picture that scene in a movie, where some army platoon is trying to figure out who is the spy/mole -- and they are grilling everyone and then one guy cracks...the bead of sweat drips down the temple. Busted. This does not project confidence.
I have read a lot of "sweaty" posts on AskMe. I have tried a lot of things:
- Based on advice here, I started using Certain-Dri. It has no effect on me. My armpits are not going to be the problem here. I will anticipate that and wear dark clothing and never raise my arms. I am not going to apply Certain-Dri to my face, though (and it has crossed my mind)
- I always try to get to the place wayyyyy early so I can acclimate. I did that last time. 30 minutes early. I awkwardly lingered in air-conditioned spaces trying to thermo-regulate. Then, I was seated in a hot waiting room and I was already sweating before I even got to the room.
- I haven't had coffee or caffeine in days and days.
Aside from botoxing my face, here are some things I have thought of:
- Either wear no socks or wet socks. I am serious. I need to reduce clothing. Maybe wet socks will drop my core temp?
- Drink a huge ice water or frozen something right before I go in. Bring icy water into interview.
- Maybe I can try and just wear just a dickey under blazer to stay cool -- kidding -- but I wonder if pre-dampening the back of my shirt would work. To cool myself down?
- I could say right away that I am just getting over an illness but wouldn't miss the interview for the world. Pre-emptive strike. Let them know I have a fever.
- I will bring a handkerchief of something just in case (honestly, last time I didn't and was forced to use a glove--I haven't heard back from them).
- Maybe put an ice pack in a pocket or strapped to my leg?
I am serious about some of these ideas. Is there some thing I can do that would help short-term. I am sure there is Botox or Xanax or something, but I need something that I don't need a prescription for that will just work. Give me the equivalent of a terry-cloth headband so I can nail this thing?!!?! I would so NAIL an interview to be a professional tennis player if such things were determined in a conference room.