With blizzard conditions predicted to hit Ireland this Thursday, the so called “Beast from the East” has many interviews candidates on tenterhooks as to whether their Thursday or Friday Interviews will go ahead. Even if interviews do go ahead on these days, candidates will worry about how they can guarantee they will be able to reach the interview venue on time.
This state of worry may appear irrational to people from countries who are used to much heavier snow and they may even laugh at the media reaction in Ireland to what they see as just a few snowflakes. Some newspapers in Ireland are quite sensationally predicting a once in a lifetime snowstorm whilst more seasoned forecasters are not as sensational in their predictions.
So, what is the best tack to take in regards your interview?
I) Your safety is paramount
If you live in a rural area or an are on high ground where public transport has stopped due to the hazardous conditions in your area, there is no point risking your personal safety to attend an interview. The key here to contact your interviewer and give as much notice as possible in regards your cancellation and explain how you have been effectively cut off due to the blizzard.
II) Listen to official sources
Be wary of unofficial sources. Tabloid newspapers tend to sensationalise weather events and Facebook will always provide you with photos of areas worst hit. Instead listen to the Met Office and official government sources.
III) Have a contingency plan
This “Beast from the East” has been predicted for days now so recruiters will expect you to plan. Firstly, look at the location of your interview. If it is located on a main thoroughfare, the likelihood is that the roads surround it will be well salted and gritted. Is there somewhere you can stay close by the evening before your interview? Perhaps, you have friends living in the locality or there may be a hotel or B&B closely. By planning ahead, your interviewer will be impressed by your forward planning and your enthusiasm to attend the interview.
Whatever you decide to do, keep constant communication with your interviewer, tell them of your plans even it they fail to materialise due to unforeseen circumstances.