Drinking water during an interview has many benefits. In this post, we will outline how having water with you in an interview is advantageous.
Saying yes to a glass of water helps to break the ice
At the beginning of your interview, you’ll probably be offered a glass of water.
The interviewer will be trying to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Therefore, it is ok to accept the glass of water. Doing so will make the host feel more comfortable in your presence.
Many people feel that taking up the offer of a glass of water will be inconveniencing the interviewer or wasting time. However, this is not the case.
Chances are, the interviewer may also want to get themselves a beverage too. Also accepting a glass of water before the interview starts is much better than realising you need one halfway through the interview.
Accepting the glass of water will also help you to engage in some small talk and break the ice.
Whilst the host gets your water you’ll get some extra time
Many interview rooms will be set up with a jug of water. If this is the case, you’ll get a few moments to gather your thoughts and to get comfortable.
If the interviewer needs to get the drinks from another room you will get some more time to:
- Gather your thoughts
- Take a few deep breaths
- Look over your notes and CV/resume
A glass of water can act as a prop
If you are asked a tricky interview question, you can take a sip of water to buy yourself some time to think of a strong answer.
Many interviewees feel as though they need to give a response straight away. However, taking some time before answering can improve the quality of your answer.
Drinking water during your interview will keep you hydrated
A combination of being nervous and talking a lot can cause a dry mouth or throat. Drinking water during an interview can help to keep your vocal cords moist.
Benefits of drinking water during an interview: summary
In your next job interview, don’t feel apprehensive about drinking water. Take a bottle of water in your bag with you just in case you are not offered any. If you are offered water, take it. Even if you do not drink all of it, having it nearby to sip on can come in handy.
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FAQs about drinking water during an interview
Is it OK to drink water during an interview?
Yes, drinking water during an interview is ok. Ideally, you’ll take sips of water at appropriate times during the interview such as before or after being asked a question by the interviewer.
Try not to drink water whilst the interviewer is asking you a question because you’ll want to show them that you are actively listening to the question being asked. This will involve giving the interviewer eye contact.
Also, try not to drink excessive amounts of water during the interview as this may become distracting.
Should you accept drinks during an interview?
Yes, accepting drinks during an interview is a good idea. The interviewer may offer a cup of coffee tea, water or even juice. There are many benefits of accepting a drink during an interview so it is worth it even if you do not finish your drink.