Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Post: Before You Worry About the Interview Questions

I'm sorry to have been absent from the blogging world for a while but I just recently entered the world of dog ownership (picture on the right) and the puppy has been occupying way too much of my time. But I'm back now and we've got some great stuff on tap for this week including a few great guest posts. The first guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities. She welcomes your comments at her email:
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We often read so much about how to prepare for the actual back and forth discussion part of our job interview that we don't actually get any advice about how to prepare for the logistics of going to a job interview. When I say logistics, I mean all of the details surrounding the interview itself. If you don't get these details right, they can seriously hamper your efforts to nail down that job. And in this economy, you can't afford to let the details keep you from getting a steady paycheck.

Anyhow, when you get ready to go off to your interview, take a moment to track down some of these logistical details. These may seem obvious and common sense, but you'd be surprised at how many people might forget these in the nervous rush of thinking about the interview. And, of course, good luck!

Plan Your Route

Before you leave for the interview, plan out the route you will drive to get there. Keep in mind an alternate route as well so that you can adjust where you go in case there is a traffic jam. Also, use a traffic monitoring system, such as the one on your GPS, or use the radio to get traffic updates.

Figure Out the Parking Situation

Next, you should try to figure out the parking situation at the place where you are interviewing. Some places have easy parking, while others will require you to get your parking ticket validated. Simply check with whomever helped you set up the interview for more information.

Where Will You Meet?

This is a pretty basic step, but it's still one that needs to be taken so that you can avoid some anxiety once you arrive at the office. Simply establish where you will wait or how you will meet with whomever is going to interview you. Should you wait in the lobby? Will someone come and get you? Do you take the elevator up? Establish the process here to save yourself some trouble the morning of the interview.

Know Your Interviewers

This is very important, as it will help you determine how to prepare for the interview. Know exactly who will interview you, and if you aren't sure, don't worry about asking. You should be able to look up your interviewers on the company website and learn about them and what they do and how you will fit into their vision for the company. Knowing whom you are about to speak to in an interview will help you feel less surprised; even though you'll just be meeting them for the first time, by knowing who they are and having some information about them, they will be a little more familiar to you.

Save an Emergency Contact Number

Finally, make sure you save the company contact number in your phone before you leave for the interview. If you have an emergency, you need to be able to tell them about what's happening so that you can reschedule. It's better to let them know that you're lost before the fact, rather than call afterwards to apologize and reschedule.

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