How to Ace an Out-of-State Interview

November 7th, 2014

Whether you’re tired of the cold weather in your current city or simply want to be closer to family, looking for a new job out-of-state is a major change. It is certainly possible to score a new position while living long-distance, but it takes significantly more time, effort and dedication than needed when interviewing locally.

5 Tips to Succeed in an Out-of-State Interview

Looking to start over in a new state? Follow these five tips to achieve your goal:

Seek a Promotion

Pursuing a lateral career move may serve as a pricey decision. It’s important to research the job’s pay range and cost of living in each city you apply for work, as the same position there may pay less, but have a higher cost of living. Search for jobs that would be a promotion to increase your chances of coming out ahead financially in the new city.

Be Ready to Travel on Short Notice

In most cases, companies expect out-of-state candidates to comply with interview requests on short notice, just as with local contenders. Be prepared to take time off work and head out-of-town with just a few days or one week’s notice. You’ll quickly be passed over if you can’t comply.

Allow Extra Room in Travel Plans

When traveling to a new city for an interview, it’s important to expect the unexpected. Never arrive the same day or on the eve your interview, as you may experience delays, causing you to miss your meeting or not have adequate time to prepare. Make sure you have time to get a good night’s rest, organize your thoughts and plenty of time to spare if you get lost on the way to the office.

Ask for Your Itinerary

There’s a good chance your interview will last most of the day, especially if the company paid your travel expenses. Request a copy of your interview in advance, so you can plan ahead. Knowing exactly who you’re meeting with throughout the day allows you to conduct a little background research on each person, ensuring you’re well-prepared.

Don’t Anticipate Rockstar Treatment

As an out-of-state candidate, making it to the interview is a really big deal to you. However, the company is probably vetting a number of other candidates, so don’t expect to be treated any better than those who live in the area. Of course your interviewers should be nice to you, but most probably won’t disrupt their day to cater to you.

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