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Daylight Saving Time: Don't Miss Your Interview

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Nov 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In Interview Tips

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is about to end, and it's going to mess up your clock, whether physical or internal. You may have some interviews lined up next week, so remember to update your clocks ahead of time. Before we even get into the consequences of forgetting to change your clocks, we're going to go into why this is a thing we have to worry about every year.

History of DST

Starting in 2007, we have always observed DST on the second Sunday in March. This coming year, it will land on March 11, 2018. Historically, it ends on the first Sunday in November, so this year, DST will be coming to an end on November 5, 2017. This observation goes all the way back to the founder, Benjamin Franklin. His reasoning for the time change was to conserve energy. People could take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and stop wasting energy on lighting. While the energy reason has come and gone, the daylight reasoning has kept it alive until the present day. However, there were a few times that it was removed. After World War I, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep DST, but the farmers objected, and so it was abolished until the next war brought it back. Before we had what we know today as the Uniform Time Act, we had chaos throughout the states. Congress decided in 1966 to enforce this law so that we would observe DST  on the first Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. It was then changed in 2007 to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This act expanded the length of DST to the present time. 

Who Is Affected?

If you are in the US or Canada, you probably will be observing DST. The only places in this area that do not observe the time difference are Hawaii, Arizona, and the Navajo Nation. Although, many states have tried to draft legislation that gets rid of DST. Some of the states that want to stop this tradition include Montana, Texas, and Nebraska. These bills were recently introduced into the Senate so make sure you stay current with your state's policies. 

Don't Miss Your Interview Time 

Depending on where you live, your head may be spinning from all this information. All you need to remember is to make sure your clocks are set one hour behind come 2 AM on November 5, 2017. The worst case scenario is you show up to an interview an hour early. This mistake might reflect poorly on you, and it's excessively early, but it's better than missing it by an hour. Just keep calm and play it off if you do forget to set your clocks. Lifehack: Set a reminder right now for yourself on your phone to set your clocks back. 

Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep the Night Before the Interview 

The great thing about the end of DST means we get an extra hour of sleep so make sure you take full advantage of that. There will be a few things you need to do to get the best night's sleep before the interview. Listed below are the tips you need to follow:

  • Keep up a routine- don't deviate from your regular bed and wake-up time
  • No naps- if you do find it necessary, keep it to 15- to 30-minutes in the mid-afternoon
  • Don't have alcoholic drinks in the evening 
  • After it hits midafternoon, no caffeine allowed.
  • Quit tobacco use and especially at night.
  • Keep your exercise time to the mornings. Nighttime workouts will ruin your sleep.
  • Treat your bedroom like a bedroom and not a living room. 
  • If you can, sleep in the dark.
  • Get in the mindset to sleep before you go to bed. This preparation should be 30-45 minutes before you go to sleep.

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