Getting to your interview is simple, right? Except for when it’s not. Traffic, construction, getting lost, or simply not giving yourself enough time – these can all be huge set-backs and can prevent you from making a good first impression. As staffing professionals, we understand these set-backs, but there are steps you can take to prevent running late. Whether it’s an initial interview with a staffing firm, or an interview elsewhere, getting their on-time and ready to rock it is essential.
Map out your route well in advance of your interview. You’ll set yourself at ease by knowing exactly where you’re going and how you’ll get there. You may be tempted to rely solely on your gps or an app like Google Maps – but like all technology, they can malfunction or lead you astray. Make sure you really look at your route before simply plugging it in to your gps minutes before you leave. You may even want to do a test drive before the interview, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the location. Check on traffic reports, and double check your chosen route before leaving as well. You never know when an unexpected accident will clog up the freeway. Taking these steps will prevent the stress and embarrassment of running late for an interview.
As staffing professionals, we know that interviews start before the actual questions begin. Arriving through that door on-time (or a few minutes early) is the first positive thing you can do!