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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
Good Timing Is Key Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

One of the worst things that can happen to you on your big day is to be late for your interview. It will add a heightened level of stress to your already anxious state.

Always plan to be in the general vicinity of your interview at least 30 minutes before it is scheduled. For those of you who believe time is infinite, shoot for an hour before. If you’re driving, try a dry run the night before to make sure that your GPS won’t get you lost (blaming your GPS works a lot better than blaming yourself). If you’re train-ing or bus-ing or boat-ing or ferry-ing, add a bunch of extra time for the passenger who will undoubtedly choose the day of your interview to get sick. You can thank Murphy and his Laws for that.

If you arrived early as planned, grab a cup of coffee in a local diner. This gives you some time to catch your breath and also to freshen your breath, the latter being way more important to your interviewer. And, you can also visit the restroom to make sure that you didn’t miss a button, that there are no annoying pieces of hair out of place, and that there is no cat fur on your leg (they love to wish you luck on your interview by rubbing up against you just as you are walking out the door).

If traffic was light on the day of your interview, you’ll have even more extra time to spare. Try looking around the neighborhood to see what kinds of things you will be able to do during your lunch break if you land the job. Or, find a local bookstore and browse your favorite magazines (choose G-rated ones in case your interviewer happens to be standing next to you).

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Do not…and I repeat…DO NOT officially check in for your interview more than 15 minutes earlier than scheduled. It will get your recruiter all discombobulated which will not be pretty. Instead, remember that patience is a virtue and then muster all the confidence and the fresh breath that you have, and go on in.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!