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Prepare well for the day of your job interview

All of your job search efforts lead to a crucial job interview.
All of your job search efforts lead to a crucial job interview.
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Since a job interview is not easy to obtain, it is important to prepare well for it. This article discusses how to accomplish that preparation.

Murphy’s Law sometimes pertains to job interviews. A job applicant traveling to a job interview could:

  1. Have a hard time finding the address of the interview.
  2. Get caught in a traffic jam.
  3. Have trouble finding a parking space.

Good preparation can lessen the chances of the job applicant encountering the above problems that could, in turn, result in the job applicant being late for the interview, or at least, stressed before it begins.

The prospective interviewee could travel to the interview location on the day before the interview and at the approximate time that the interview will take place. On this trip, the prospective interviewee can experience traffic conditions, find the interview address, and locate parking spaces. All of this preparation will allow the interviewee to form an accurate estimate of the travel time needed.

Other problems the interviewee might experience could be getting stressed from the traffic or getting caught in the rain while walking to the interview location. To prevent these problems, the interviewee has various options. A friend could drive the interviewee, or the interviewee could take a cab or a bus to the interview location. The interviewee should go to the actual interview without the friend who drove her to the interview location. The interviewee also could check the weather forecast the day before and, if needed, could take an umbrella.

The interviewee should allow more travel time than seems to be needed. This precaution can help the interviewee to avoid any unforeseen problems that would increase the travel time needed. With this extra time, the interviewee could take a brisk walk before the interview, or take time to do whatever is relaxing.

Good interview preparation will help the interviewee to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. The interviewee, for example, might think, “I hope I don’t blow this interview.” A good positive thought to replace this negative thought might be, “I have researched the company, and I have done a mock interview with my friend. I should do well.”

What types of interview preparation do you use? Please comment below.

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