Just because Wi-Fi is available, doesn’t mean you should be.
As reported by TechCrunch last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) “switched on wireless connectivity in 30 underground subway stations around Manhattan.” What’s more, over the next four years, cell phone service and free Wi-Fi will expand to all of the MTA’s 277 subway stations.
For many New Yorkers, this is great news. Professionals can be more productive during their commute, which may translate to shorter work hours in the office, or at home during family time. Job seekers can also reap the benefits of having phone and Internet access while in transit by taking advantage of the uninterrupted search time for job sourcing, networking and applying.
However, just because Wi-Fi is available, doesn’t mean you should be. Typically, the best policy is to never speak to a recruiter or participate in an interview while commuting.
Between interrupted service, booming MTA announcements, and crowds of strangers filing in and out at various stations, there’s no way to guarantee a professional and confidential conversation. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Don’t let a subway ride derail a potentially valuable connection. Before you accept a call in transit, ask yourself the following questions.