Always strive to get to an interview early, thus protecting yourself from unexpected delays. Getting to an interview a bit early also allows you time to collect your thoughts and observe people (and corporate culture) while waiting.
What steps can you take to ensure you get to the interview on time?
For interviews that require travel outside your immediate area, your first test is one of successfully dealing with the travel arrangements and arriving to the employer’s office safely — and on time. Every company handles travel arrangements differently, so make sure you clearly understand the procedures and arrangements before you leave for the visit.
Depending on where you live and where the office is, you may have to deal with airlines, buses, trains, taxis, rental cars, maps, tolls, hotels, restaurants, and other expenses. If the company has not prepaid for something, make sure you get a receipt. Consider doing research on the city if you are unfamiliar with the area.
When packing for the trip, be sure you have all that you need for the time you will spend on the road and at the company — and make sure it’s the proper clothing for the climate you are traveling to for the visit.
Finally, do be sure to bring all the necessary job-hunting material, including multiple copies of your resume, a job skills portfolio (if you have one), employment history, and reference list. Keep in mind you may need to complete a job application while on the visit.