Congratulations! Your resume did the trick and you’ve been scheduled for a face to face interview… now what? Before we worry about what happens in the interview let’s talk about showing up for it.
Arrival time: You should always aim to arrive at the interview location approximately 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time. Remember that the company is trying to make a good first impression as well, so if you are there any earlier, wait to head inside as to not create unneeded pressure by arriving too early. Being early creates the opportunity to become more comfortable with where to park, which door to enter, and keep yourself focused on the interview interactions you are about to have.
Traffic: Now that the interview has been confirmed, plan the best driving route for the day and time of the event. Input the office address to Google maps on your computer and use the “leave now” dropdown to set it at what you think your departure will be. This will give you a good idea of when to leave, by providing an approximate travel time based on regular traffic patterns. [people will use their phone – either google maps or Waze]
Test drive: We strongly recommend taking a test drive. Even if over the weekend, this will help you familiarize yourself with the area and landmarks. Being more familiar with the route prior to the big day will make the commute easier and less stressful, particularly when it’s time to focus on the interview and questions. On the day of the interview, allow extra time to allow for the extraordinary occurrences to occur and not have an effect on your scheduled start time.
Parking: Confirm where you’ll be parking. Is there a lot at the office? Will you need change for meters? Do you need to cushion your arrival time for the walk to the office or to find street parking? These are all items to plan for and be ready to map out ahead of time. If you decide on a location to park from research online, it’s a good idea to locate it on your test drive as well.
These tips will help to start you off on the right foot with potential new employers– head in there and be confident!