I am currently applying for investment banking jobs in the UK. I work full time and have to come home and spend hours working on applications (basically writing short essays), studying finance, absorbing the news, memorising interview questions/answers, and completing numerical/verbal tests online. I am naturally good at most of these things, but could do with an extra boost (for energy, concentration, memory, retention, etc), especially considering I have to start working on them after a full day in the office. Any ideas?
Also, I get a little nervous during interviews/presentations. In this country, most of the banks have you give a presentation as part of the interview process. I am naturally s fast speaker and this problem only gets worse with nerves. Also, I feel like I am not mentally at my best when nervous, and would like something that would help me relax a little in these situations but keep my mind/memory as sharp as possible (or even sharper, if such a compound exists). Any suggestions?
Last, any suggestions on something that would help me sleep the night before an interview? Typically I am very restless and my mind races all night thinking about the concepts I have been studying. Anything I would take would obviously have to leave me feeling refreshed and alert in the morning, rather than groggy.
I have read all of the nootropic threads and am thinking choline + aniracetam would be good for studying, and perhaps phenibut for pre-interview? I have read some bad studies about Vinpo. Anyone have any other suggestions?