Being late for an interview gives a very bad first impression as your reliability immediately comes into question. Below are 3 useful tips to assure that you arrive on time for your interview, thus avoiding a stressful situation for both you and your interviewer.
Tip 1: Preparation is key
If you have a morning interview ensure that the cloths that you will be wearing are well ironed and all together in one place the night before your interview. This avoids the panic of selecting clothes and trying to find the iron on the morning of your interview. You can also try on your interview attire the evening before to ensure it not only looks well but fits comfortably.
Any interview essentials such as CV’s, portfolios, USB presentation key (etc.) should be in your carrier case/briefcase the night before.
Do up a checklist to ensure that no essentials are forgotten. Your objective should be to minimise what you have to do on the morning of your interview so you can remain focussed on getting to you interview venue on time. Leave everything in zone near the front door of your house/apartment so you don’t have a situation in eth morning where you cannot find the car keys. Also, id travelling by car, ensure your car is well fuelled, check for oil and ensure no warning lights are on the night before.
Tip 2: Give yourself a buffer of 20 minutes
If travelling by car, check on Google Maps or on the AA website the estimated transit time to your destination. Aim to be at the interview venue 20 minutes early and factor in heavy traffic and your SATNAV not being 100% accurate. If your interview is in a large industrial estate, where the propensity to get lost is quite high, it may be no harm to conduct a dry run on one of the days leading up to your interview. Try to avoid Sundays for dry runs if you can as the traffic may be extremely light, given you a false sense of security. Also if using public transport, the Sunday schedule is totally different to the rest of the week.
Tip 3: Have a contingency plan
What happens if your car breaks down or you miss the bus? Have a number of a reliable taxi company on your phone or install a taxi app. Ensure that you have case or your debit/credit card with you to cover this eventuality.
Alternatively have a family member/friend on standby to pick you us should the worst case scenario arise. Having a Plan B will not only reduce your anxiety levels on the morning of your interview but will allow you the space to remain totally focussed on etch interview at hand.
Ensuring punctuality for your interview is critical to showing the interviewer that you are a reliable and a responsible person a you do not get a second chance at a first impression.