17 April 2014
1) Don’t wing it!
In today’s society it is so easy to rely on a smartphone to get to places, but phone batteries can run out and signals/GPS aren’t always reliable, especially in rural areas and in the middle of large city centres. Even if everything is OK with the technology, it has been known for Google to be wrong. Plan your journey and print out directions.
It is also advisable to print out contact information in case you need to ring ahead for assistance.
2) Be at one with yourself.
Arriving early to an interview allows you time to de-stress from the journey and collect your thoughts. It will give you time to go over the questions you have prepared, run through your presentation (if applicable), and review the answers to questions that are likely to be presented to you.
It will also give you time to calm your nerves, have a drink of water and go to the bathroom if necessary. This will hopefully allow you to enter the interview relaxed and comfortable.
3) A glimpse into the future.
First impressions are extremely important.
How you behave at an interview is a reflection of how you will potentially behave if you were to be offered the position. Being late for the interview may suggest to the interviewer that you would be regularly late if you were offered the job and employed by the organisation.
4) The interview before the interview.
In many organisations the interview starts as soon as you arrive in the building. How you interact with the receptionist or secretary may well be taken into account when considering you for the position – this gives the organisation an idea of your personality outside of the formal interview setting.
If you arrive late or on time then you may be missing out on the unofficial part of the interview process. So arrive early and be nice to all staff you encounter, but definitely no flirting!
5) Ring ahead.
If you are running late for any reason – ring ahead.
It is easy to think I’ll explain everything when I get there when time is against you but, again with today’s technology, it is assumed that most people will have a mobile phone and the capability of giving the organisation an update on your progress. However, you may want to think carefully about the reason you give for your lateness. Being scared of escalators, a man stopped me in the street to talk to me about breakdown cover or I saw a really cute dress in the window of Topshop are unlikely to be considered acceptable reasons!
Source: Undercover Recruiter
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