January Job Interview? Tips for Winter Interview Survival

You finally get the call to interview for your dream job! You’re excited, probably jumping around a cheering because you’re so excited. You print out your resume, put together your portfolio, iron your suit, turn on the weather station; lo and behold, there’s winter weather hitting the day of your interview.

What do you do now? You’re probably tempted to call your interviewer to ask to reschedule, but you don’t necessarily have to do that. Of course, if the weather is bad enough where it may be dangerous, safety is always first, and your interviewer surely will understand. If the weather will be more of an annoyance rather than an actual problem, don’t worry, there are ways you can fight through to have a successful interview!

Allow More Travel Time

When the weather isn’t ideal, traffic tends to move slower. Allow more time than you usually would when traveling to your interview to help ensure you won’t be late. Traffic can be unpredictable, and if traffic is way worse than you thought, and you will definitely be late to your interview, call your interviewer and explain the situation.

Dress Appropriately

Dress appropriately for the weather when going into an interview. If that means a pea coat, scarf and gloves, make sure they’re lint rolled and look nice, just like your suit. If you need snow boots, wear them; just make sure you pack your proper interview shoes, too!

Remember, Stuff Happens – It’s Ok! 

There’s only so much planning you can do, and there are so many unforeseen challenges. For example, you get rear ended by a careless driver, or a car goes through a puddle and it splashes all over you – there’s nothing you could do to prevent events like that. In these situations, communication is key. As mentioned earlier, if something like this happens, explain the situation to your interviewer, and he/she will surely sympathize.

The winter is a challenging season for many reasons – especially if you’re a job seeker. If you get called in for a job interview this winter, do a little extra preparation and use common sense to help ensure your success!

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