When we are called for interview, we rarely give much time to consider what could go wrong.
Is there a worse feeling than arriving late for an interview because the traffic stymied us or we misjudged the time to get to the venue? Or we weren’t exactly sure where the premises was. Have you ever turned up at the wrong time or the wrong day? Or worse still, the wrong site?
It goes without saying you should know the time, date, venue, and named of interviewers. Many people do a dummy run prior to interview and if your slot is early morning it’s a good opportunity to observe potential traffic issues.
If you’re given a choice of times, take off peak hours where possible, eliminating one variable. Always, always, have a contact number of your interviewer, or worst case, the main company number. The stress levels can reach an all time high when you’re running late but have no way to contact the relevant people.
A colleague of mine attended an interview that was being held in a hotel. He arrived very early, and within a few minutes, he sees his close pal coming out of the interview room. Pal sees him, walks over and suggests he should just go home immediately. However, my friend kept his interview appointment. It was soon clear that he should have listened to his pal.
The interview was held in a corner of the lobby and within 24 hours everyone knew he was on the job market. Sometimes, just sometimes, it pays to be last minute.
Happy job hunting!
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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