When I tell employers that I'm punctual, what I really mean is: I Google map daily to ensure I have the route in my head, I'll set off hours before schedule to avoid public transport mishaps and I'll also spend about an hour or more loitering around said office, nursing a coffee like it's my last meal.
This might seem somewhat unnecessary, but the spare time before an interview can prove vital for ensuring you present yourself in the correct manner. Not only does it give you time to calm yourself, but it also gives you time to revise your interview technique and company knowledge.
The image above was taken last week when I arrived over an hour early to the town where my interview would take place. It would have been over two if the train I caught had not been running late. Who'd have thought I'd ever be thankful for a late running train service? These notes were actually a more concise version of market stats, company history and my own thoughts on the job.
Don't get me wrong, you're not there to be tested, but being in the know can set you apart. I've just had a call from a recruitment agent this morning taking me through an upcoming recruitment day. She said I'd be surprised at how many people turn up not knowing anything about the company they 'desperately' want to work for. Cringe! Here's a list of things I usually consider when researching for interview prep sheets:
Stats and figures
So did I remember any of my notes? Yes, surprisingly! Although I didn't really have a chance to show off my company knowledge, I did slip in their distribution figures. I was however slightly sour about forgetting my 'make do and mend' line. I worked hard on that little gem.
You're not revising for an exam, but making yourself familiar with the company will make you feel ten times more comfortable when going for that all important interview. So do your research and thank me later!