Job Interview Logistics

A city street view of a clock and a skyscraper.An article by ABC news reported 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is consistently late for work-related activities. It only stands to reason that some percentage of these “punctually challenged” individuals also go on job interviews, and while you might think they would modify their behavior for such an important occasion, I assure you many do not.  Perhaps you would never think about arriving late for a job interview and might even feel that my advising you to be punctual is almost insulting.  However, I know from experience I would be remiss to not discuss the subject and there might even be a few things about job interview logistics which you may have not previously considered.

Ok, why in the world would anyone ever show up late to a job interview?  Actually, there are several reasons: a habit of poor punctuality, travel time miscalculation, unfamiliarity with the location, or perhaps events which are completely beyond anyone’s control. If you have a habit of poor punctuality, I can’t help you much there – that one’s on you – but there are steps you can take to control or at least mitigate the potential impact of the other factors. Continue reading

The Ugly Truth about Online Job Applications – Part 3

Young woman looking at a laptop computer and appearing very frustrated.In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you read how many employers today use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automatically screen and filter the online job applications they receive.  In Part 2, we discussed Kayla, a fictional job applicant who was about to apply online for an Accounts Payable Specialist position with the equally fictional Humongous International (HI) company.  You saw an excerpt from the HI online job posting detailing the duties of the position as well as the requirements each applicant must meet in order to be eligible for consideration.  Finally, you – unlike Kayla – were privy to the notes taken by the HR analyst after discussion with the hiring manager, and you know what key words and criteria will be programmed into the ATS for use when reviewing applicants for this position.  In this final installment of this series, we will follow Kayla as she submits her online application and attachments, which are then reviewed by the company’s ATS. Continue reading