With Sandy wrecking havoc on the Northeast, it got me thinking about how job seekers cope with nasty weather. Whether it is going in person to ask about a job, interviewing or following up, the weather plays an important role in your search.
- If the weather is Sandy-bad, there is a chance your interview would be cancelled. Your best bet would be to call the store to see if they are still conducting interview, or if they are even still open. With so much going on, it may have slipped their mind to call interviewees to let them know of the change in plans.
- Don’t just assume your interview is cancelled, do your best to get confirmation. You know what they say about people who ass-u-me?
- If you do go to the interview when it is raining/snowing outside make sure you take an umbrella so you don’t walk in soaking wet and freezing. This will be distracting to both you and the interviewer and you may not be on your game.
- If you are wearing wellies/rain boots to the interview to keep your feet dry, make sure to bring an extra pair of shoes with you to change in to. I’m sure your boots are adorable (mine have multicolored polka dots!) but it probably doesn’t look great or professional with your interview outfit.
- If the rain is really coming down and you have long hair, put your hair up in a sleek ponytail. This way you still look put together and you avoid the no-so-fashionable “wet dog” look.
- You may be thinking: “I get it Kim, you want us to follow up. You tell me in almost every blog post.” You are right, I do want you to follow up, it’s important. However, if you have it on your daily schedule to follow up with a certain company and a big storm goes through, hold off. They are probably preparing for the storm, dealing with customers and making sure the store is safe. You may annoy them by interrupting and asking about your employment status.
- Wait until the storm passes before you follow up. If It was a major Sandy-level storm, give it awhile before you go in or call. They may have a lot to deal with and you want to follow up when they are relaxed and things have slowed down.
Growing up, I worked as a lifeguard. I will never forget the time a storm seemed to come out of nowhere and we had to get everyone out of the pool, shut everything down and follow our storm protocols. During that chaos, someone came by to drop off their resume. No one had the time to really speak with him, so he just stood there awkwardly under an umbrella for about 10 minutes and then turned around and left without saying a word. He must have felt weird about the situation because he never came back to try again. Be more prepared than that guy!
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