Quick tips for job interview emergencies

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:00 AM

Prepare for the worst to ensure the best during your next interview.


You’re lost -- and the interview is in 20 minutes!

The best option is to avoid this completely. Try a dry run by commuting to the office location at the same time of day your interview is scheduled so you are familiar with the route and can properly budget your travel time. If you still manage to get lost, pull out your smart device and use apps like Google Maps or HopStop to estimate how long it will take you to get to the office. If you’re sure to be late, give your main point of contact a heads-up as soon as possible. 

You spilled coffee on your shirt en route to the interview.

Always have a back-up plan. Keep some Shout® Wipes in your glove compartment or work bag. If you’re driving to the interview, it never hurts to put a spare shirt in the car. When all else fails, run a simple Google search on your smart device to find the nearest clothing store.

You forget to bring copies of your resume. 

Never fear – there’s an app for that! Download the free Print Hammermill™ mobile app to print your resume and any other important documents directly from your phone or tablet from any nearby printer connected to WiFi. Also, make sure you store a copy of your resume on iCloud or Dropbox so you can access it easily on the go.

You realize you’re being interviewed for a different position than you prepared for.

When you’re applying to multiple positions, there’s a chance you may mix the job descriptions up. If you found the job on TheLadders, open up your free Job Search by TheLadders app and review the job description while you’re in the waiting room. You can also store copies of your job applications and other job-search notes in the cloud with services like Evernote.

You forgot to mention something important to the interviewer 

The thank-you note is a perfect opportunity to address any points you neglected to discuss during the interview. In your message, highlight any relevant achievements, experiences, or other important qualifications you didn’t get to mention in the meeting or clarify a response that was a little shaky. Remember, you’re not simply following up after an interview; you’re positively influencing your candidacy.

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Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow her at  @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview