Be sure and read Mastering the On-Site Interview: A Guide to Company Visits.
One job-seeker wrote this of his experiences with traveling to a company visit:
- I was a college senior and survived the on-campus interview with Hormel Foods. As a result, I was invited to their Minnesota offices for a second interview. After spending hours preparing for the meeting, I flew to Minnesota about as confident as I could be. However, weather conditions and bad luck forced me to arrive at my hotel at about 3 a.m. Three hours later, they picked me up and took me to the office. The first person I met was the VP of sales.
“How are you doing,” he asked.
“I am well,” I responded, “Just a little tired.” I went on to explain that my flight was delayed, etc.
The interviews continued all day. Before I was done, I probably met with 6 to 10 people.
Two weeks later, I received a rejection letter from the company. When I called to ask why I was turned down, I was told they made their decision entirely on my answer to that first question. To them, it sounded like I was already building a reason to fail; the fact that I was tired.
Moral: Try to plan ahead (especially with flight delays so prevalent) so that you’re not in the situation this job-seeker was in. And, if you do end up with a difficult travel situation, don’t share your woes with the interviewer(s)!
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