In this day of job search anxiety, there are so many articles written about the importance of preparing for your interview, and many of them cover subjects like how to answer tough interview questions, or how to assert yourself in an interview, or how to relax during an interview. Sure, many of these articles are helpful in keeping us focused on our goals, but what we don’t often read about or think about until the last-minute is the issue of pre-interview logistics.
What do I mean by pre-interview logistics? Well, I mean all of those little things that will help the actual serious and potentially life-changing part of the interview go smoothly. If left to the last-minute, these little worries can actually get quite in the way of the most important part of the interview: how you handle yourself during the interview. So, I’d like to give you a list here of several pre-interview logistics tips to consider as you get ready for your interview!
Know Exactly Who You’re Meeting With
Once you hear from the employer about your interview, you should make sure you know who exactly you’ll meet for the interview. Find out their names and their positions, especially if one of them would be your direct supervisor if you were hired. Look them up on the company website and familiarize yourself with their profiles.
Establish How You Will Meet Them
Make sure you get clear directions from whomever scheduled the interview. Should you wait in the lobby of the entire building or are you supposed to take the elevator to their floor? At what time is the meeting? Where will the meeting be held? Ask these questions so you can get your bearings regarding how the company functions and what they expect of their employees.
Ask About Parking
This is something we rarely think about when we prepare for our interviews. You should ask about parking and where you can park. Also, if there’s a parking garage, make sure you keep your ticket with you in case the company will validate it.
Get Some Sleep
This probably goes without saying, but you should get some sleep the night before your interview. Fight the impulse to stay up late preparing for the interview. If you’ve waited that long, then your chances aren’t good no matter how late you stay up. Instead, try to get some sleep so you’re refreshed and clear-headed the next day.
Eat Your Usual Meals
On the morning of the interview, don’t risk changing your diet. Eat exactly what you would normally eat. Any changes in your diet could risk making you uncomfortable during the interview.
Save Your Contact’s Phone Number
In case something comes up, you’ll want to have a phone number to call. Save the phone number of whoever scheduled the interview. That way, you can call to tell him or her that you are stuck in traffic, should something like that happen.
Research Your Route
Research the route you’ll take to get to the interview, and, if you can, test-drive it to make sure you don’t get lost and are familiar with the traffic patterns. By knowing the route on the big day, you’ll be less anxious about traffic, which will let you focus on preparing for the interview itself.
Plan Two Alternative Routes
Yes, this is simple, but necessary. You should plan out two alternative routes to get to the interview just in case the primary route is blocked. Always have some sort of contingency plan in place to make sure you get to the interview on time.
Before you leave for the interview, check your local traffic reports just to make sure that you won’t have to use an alternative route on your way in. If possible, also use your radio in the car to get live traffic updates as you are on the road.
Save Some Time For Yourself
Finally, give yourself an extra cushion of time on the drive in. This will let you relax in the car and go over your notes one last time. Of course, don’t go into the interview too early. You want to be on time, but have some extra time to yourself for one final pep talk. Good luck!
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.