Interviews are hard. Super hard. Add travel, and you’re looking at a very stressful situation. Not just stress about sounding competent and knowledgeable, but stress over hotel and flight logistics! Here’s some advice for acing that interview, regardless of where the interview is.
- Practice ahead of time. Find example interview questions, and have someone practice with you. For my last interview, Home Warrior quizzed me day and night for a week. There are sample questions everywhere, but we found great ones on Monster.
- STAR format. Situational interviewing is everywhere, but organizing your thoughts on the fly is hard. Prior to the interview, think of 3-4 situations you can cover, and during the interview discuss them like this: Situation, Task, Action, Result. I.E.: Last year, my team fell 30% behind on sales goals (Situation). Our manager told us to figure out a way to exceed our goals by end of quarter (Task). By expanding our customer base and offering new products to existing partners (Action), the team ended with a quarterly attainment of 105% (Result).
- Research the company, industry, and role. Before interviewing, spend time learning about the company and role. Having a working knowledge of the industry is also very important. Familiarity with these can help you stand out, but a lack of knowledge will be a strike against you.
- Plan for delays. Missing your interview due to flight delays is terrible. Arriving the day before eliminates this, and you avoid going straight from the airport to the office. Map out your route from hotel to office ahead of time, noting road construction or other delays and planning accordingly.
- Pack smart. Bring a suit that doesn’t wrinkle. Affordable, attractive, wrinkle resistant collections are everywhere! Don’t wear anything new that may be uncomfortable, because worrying about the tag on your pantyhose during the interview is lame.
- Worst case. If you do have to go directly from the airport to the office, don’t wear your suit on the plane. After landing, go to the ladies’ room, change clothes, and fix your hair and makeup.
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In honor of BeKnown and Monster, give me your best interview tip! (Bonus points if it’s travel related.) The winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday January 10th. One entry per person. Winner receives a makeup kit and business card holder from Monster!
Road Warriorette is participating in a blogger contest from Monster, and will receive a prize kit (makeup kit and business card holder) for participation.
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