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The Night Before [By Mary Waldron] It’s 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. You’re just sitting down to watch TV with your significant other when it hits you. Dang it! You forgot that you have a job interview tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. What a way to kill the night.
Don’t sweat it. This moment of clarity
near non-existent during business
what to expect and anticipate in the
doesn’t have to be such a buzz kill for your
hours unless you have permission
night. If you just take an hour to prepare
to park in a company structure
some key interview essentials, you’ll
or lot. It also does not help when
be good to go. Read the below must-do
you realize that your location is on
interview prep tips, and with a little devoted
the 12th floor and it is lunch hour.
Finally, practice, or at least
time, you can sleep like a baby knowing that
Tack on an extra 20 minutes or
imagine, some of the conversation
everything is going to be all right.
so to prevent an embarrassing,
that you might have in the
interview. Think ahead, and decide
appearance when you burst through
what kinds of small-talk comments
the door of the interviewer’s office.
you will make if there is some
Of course, use discretion when developing these conversation
whatever! Just map out where you
downtime during your interview.
I don’t care what you use—Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, MapQuest,
need to go carefully. Don’t be the
The last thing you want to do is
starters—keep them general and
fool who waits until an hour before
wander into an interview with
safe; it’s the effort that matters.
the interview to start looking for
absolutely no clue what you’re
the address he or she scribbled
applying for. Any employer will
Also, use the research you have
down on a napkin two weeks ago.
assume you know about his or her
done to come up with some
Even if you think you know where
company and its reputation. Do your
potential answers for questions like
you are going, it’s better to be safe
homework. Find out what types of
“Why do you want to work with us?”
than sorry. When you’re late for
projects they usually work on. Take
Find ways to link your experience
a job interview, almost no excuse
note of the most well-known ones
with their background so it seems
can save you. Basically, if you’re
in case the employer brings them
like a match made in heaven when
late, you’d better be amazing. And
up so at least you can offer up an
you talk to the interviewer.
usually that doesn’t even save you.
In addition to driving time, consider
Additionally, think about the
a few other factors. Allow lots of
different types of questions the
time to find parking and to walk to
employer might pose. Many of them
your location. The interviewer, or
will probably be based on what his
whoever sets up the interview, will
or her company is all about. The
usually give you a heads-up as to
center of the conversation will be
what to expect regarding parking,
the company at hand, so wise up
etc. Especially in busy cities like
before you go in for your interview.
Los Angeles, parking can be pretty
This will help you to get an idea of
This moment of clarity doesn't have to be such a buzz kill for your night. If you just take an hour to prepare some key interview essentials...