Travelling for a job interview presents practical factors that you should consider.
Other aspects of preparing for a job interview such as researching the interviewer, researching the business and performing a mock interview still applies.
I have covered these points extensively in other articles on how to ace a Skype interview , internal job interview and a phone interview.
Let’s take a look at these 5 practical factors you should consider when travelling for an interview.
Use a Carry-On Bag Only
This is usually a hard task for me as generally I am not a light packer. However, you should consider using only a carry-on bag if you are travelling for an interview.
The last thing you would want is to arrive at the destination without your suitcase.
Not having a suitable outfit for your interview and the hassle to tracking your checked bag can get you flustered. This can really throw you off.
Assume the interview starts the moment you check on the flight. Therefore, wear suitable business casual attire.
In addition, if the company is making transportation arrangements for you, an executive of the company may pick you up. It is wise therefore to be dressed appropriately.
Pack two possible outfit choices for your interview. In the event that you experience some type of wardrobe malfunction or something falls on your clothes you have a back up option.
As the old Proverb says, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.
Beware of mystery interviews
It is easier for you to be mystery interviewed especially when travelling for an interview. You are in an unfamiliar environment and you do not know the people.
Therefore treat every interaction even with the hotel staff/ driver for example as part of the interview.
Be aware as there may be some personality tests as well along the way such as the waiter mixing up a food order to see how you react.
Be mindful of what you charge to your room. People can make assumptions you and your lifestyle by what you eat.
For example, ordering an alcoholic beverage to your room at 10 am even though there could be a legitimate reason may be viewed negatively.
Avoid requesting and making any alterations to your travel plans. These can send a bad signal depending on how it’s done and the potential interviewer’s personality.
Ideally altering travel plans is best if you have established a relationship with the employer. It is a bit iffy to make this request at the interview level.
Obtain your travel schedule
Ensure that you have all your travel information ahead of schedule. Know which hotel you are staying at and the name of the person who is picking you up.
If you are arriving outside of business hours, have the name and alternative contact should there be any challenges and you need to reach someone in the business.
Thank you email
As with other job interview formats, be sure and send a thank you email upon return to your home.
Thank you emails is the final opportunity to make a lasting impression with the interviewer.
Hereunder is a sample of a thank you email
Subject: Job Title (Interview on (insert date))
Dear (Mr/Ms. Last Name),
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to meet with you on (date).
I was delighted to understand more about the (job title) role and your organisation. With my experience and knowledge, I believe I can excel at executing the customer experience initiative. The plan to elevate this area of your business is exciting.
I look forward to hearing more about the next steps soon.
Ms. Jane Doe
There are several other resources on this blog on job interviews. Feel free to click on any of the links below:-
How To Write A Persuasive Elevator Pitch
How To Calm Your Nerves Before A Job Interview
9 Effective Internal Job Interview Tips
How To Ace An Internal Job Interview
How To Ace A Phone Interview
How To Ace A Skype Job Interview
A Comprehensive Guide to Informational Interviewing
7 Red Flags That You Should Look For In A Job Interview
35 Important Things To Do Before, During And After A Job Interview
21 Top Tips and Tricks For Successful Job Interview
How To Use the Star Interview Technique To Ace Your Job Interview
11 Essential Questions To Ask A Job Interviewer
10 Job Interview Pitfalls That Job Seekers Must Avoid
How To Pass a Written Job Interview
A Comforting Prayer to Say Before A Job Interview
A Fervent Prayer For A Job Interview
17 Free Career Aptitude and Personality Tests
If you love to travel, getting the opportunity to see a new city or country could be fun. Hope these tips help smoothen your preparation process as you get ready to travel for an upcoming interview.
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