There is nothing quite as nerve wrenching as heading to a job interview. The pressure you can feel or put on yourself can be immense. From worrying about whether you will fluff up your answers to hoping that you make a great impression, it can all feel consuming and overwhelming. Getting the job interview in the first place is a big deal, but have you really thought it through? Here are some of the things to think about before heading off for that interview and hopefully landing yourself the new job.
First of all, there is the commute to think about. How long will it take you to get to your workplace each day? Will it be longer in the morning or at night? Are you planning on using a car or other methods of transport? Sometimes looking at this more closely may help you make an informed decision on not only the job but how you get there. Many time’s it’s quicker to head into a city on a train rather than sit in delays in a car. However, there can be situations where biking to work can offer incentives. Look at all the options and weigh up what would be best for you.
What’s in the job description
Applying for a job is one thing. But doing the job is a whole different ball game altogether. This is because you won’t know exactly what the job entails until you receive a job description. Often there will be an overview advertised, but that might be a little vague. You might also need to check whether or not you have up to date credentials and training, such as ENT Training or making sure your certificates for qualifications and training are in date. The last thing you want is something that you won’t enjoy doing in the long term. Or at least be able to see the end goal in sight.
It’s an obvious one, but you must consider the salary you are going to receive. This is because some jobs advertise a salary range and not the specific amount you may earn. You also need to clarify whether there is a bonus and what that scheme may be. You might not be realistically earning a bonus in your first year, so all of this needs your consideration. You need the exact figures so you can work out whether the job is a viable one you can take. The last thing you want to do is waste people’s time and your own.
What work attire do you need?
Sometimes we don’t consider what work attire we will need. But each company has their own set of guidelines and rules when it comes to workwear. It’s worth knowing this in advance, so you don’t turn up on your first day looking inappropriate. Workwear tends to be much of the same, but some companies offer a dress down day sometimes, while others have a more relaxed approach to work attire. So make sure you find all of this out in advance. It may end up being an additional cost for taking on the role because of the clothes you will need to buy.
Let’s hope this helps you make the decision about whether or not to attend the job interview.
*This is a collaborative post. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.