Sometimes decisions about job candidates boil down to factors that people do not even think of. Take what you do in the parking lot of a potential employer for instance.
Did you know that certain things that people do in the parking lot before going inside a business for the job interview can rule them out for the job even before they step foot in the door. Whether or not folks realize it, many employers are watching the interviewee before they even step foot in their establishment. No this is not some creepy surveillance gone wrong; it’s simply proximity to the parking lot.
Many small and medium size businesses have parking directly next to their buildings and, therefore, employees see the comings and goings of others in the parking lot in the course of normal business as they gaze out their office windows, walk through the lobby, or stand outside the building during a break.
Here are 5 things to AVOID DOING in a potential employer’s parking lot.
- Pull in the parking lot playing loud music that rattles the employer’s windows.
- Sit in your car or stand in the parking lot and smoke a cigarette before entering the building. Many business, especially healthcare-related, are now smoke free establishments.
- Changes clothes in your car, or even better, while standing by your car in the parking lot. Yes, we had a job candidate at the non-profit that I work for change his shirt in the parking lot by our shop. Everybody in that shop got an eye full. Not cool!
- Have someone drop you off for the job interview and you smooch with them before you get out of the car. Icky! Too much information about your love life.
- Arrive way to early for the interview and sit in your car and have an extended conversation on your cell phone. Employers, especially in today’s unpredictable world, like to know who it is that is hanging out in their parking lot. They assume that if you are somebody that they do not recognize, that you will park and come on in and let them know that you are a new customer, etc. . . If you just sit and sit, don’t be surprised if an employee comes out of the building to check on you.
As you can see, the best policy is to always assume that how you act in the parking lot is just another part of the job interview. Find other helpful job interview advice at 5 Tips for Best Job Interview Outfit and The Big Job Search Advice Roundup.