Doing well in an interview all begins with arriving on time and being prepared. However, it’s always on days like these that something tend to go wrong. Here are 4 common mishaps that can happen before your interview and how you can avoid them.
- The alarm didn't sound
Being late for a job interview is not an excuse easily tolerated by any hiring manager. Plus, the anxiety that builds from being late to the interview room can affect your composure and general performance.
How to avoid this: Set multiple alarms before you sleep and place the alarm clock away from your bed to prevent yourself from accidently pressing the snooze button. If possible, inform a family member or a friend that you have to be up early so they can check on you in the morning. Having a good night's sleep the night before an important interview is an absolute necessity.
- Transport Trouble
Public transport is a convenient form of transportation but using it at the wrong time of the day may cost you a significant amount of time wastage. Often, the bus or train schedule could be unreliable due to delay, leaving you a long line of passengers and an uncertain arrival time.
How to avoid this: It is inevitable to get stuck in human traffic when taking public transport during the peak hour. If you are unsure of when the peak hour is, always give yourself ample buffer time for unexpected delays. If you know you will be running late, inform the interviewer at least 15 – 20 mins before the scheduled interview time. Having to reschedule another date for the interview is better than losing the whole interview itself.
Taking the taxi might get you to your destination faster than a train or bus but caution should be exercised, as it may not always be available if you are planning to flag it.
How to avoid this: If you want to take a cab, do not try to flag or call one at the very moment. Book one at least 10 minutes before heading out. Alternatively, make use of taxi apps on your smartphone so you will be able to estimate when the cab is arriving.
- The Jitters
You have finally reached your destination and suddenly start to feel nervous. While waiting for the interviewer to call you in, there is a general feeling of helplessness as you think about all the things that could go wrong during the interview.
How to avoid this: It is common to be jittery and nervous at an interview, and every interviewer has seen their fair share of nervous interviewees. The key is to remain calm, be yourself while explaining what you have to offer and the potential benefits of hiring you. Then, let them interpret you accordingly.
Celina Koh, Senior Employability coach of e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), shares some advice on how to beat the jitters.
“One should first take a deep breath, relax and encourage yourself that you will do your best for the interview. True confidence comes from knowing you can perform the given job well. So clarify with the interviewer what the specific job requirements are first and do not be afraid to ask questions.
Assess if you are competent for the job, and better still - what you will be able to value-add to the job. Then convey to the interviewer what you have already told and convinced yourself about your ability for the job.
When you see the interview as a conversation more than just a Q&A session with you in the hot seat, you will be more at ease in engaging the interviewer. Your natural confidence, honesty, and genuine engagement will be sure to leave the interviewer with a good impression of you.”
Food for thought: There are no indispensable workers. One should never go into the interview room with a “you owe me” or “take it or leave it” attitude. Rather, going in with a down to earth mentality of wanting to serve and grow with the prospective company will rub off the right vibes onto the interviewer and naturally push you up the charts in their list of shortlisted candidates. All the best for your next interview!
Need more tips? Check out the 8 Tips to a successful interview in this video here. We wish you all the best!