There are plenty of risks associated with travel at even the best of times, and often people just don't think about the accompanying risks. But during the novel coronavirus pandemic, things may be slightly less safe than usual, and anyone who is traveling for an in-person job interview would be wise to keep that in mind in the next several months.
The following tips should help people stay safe in these situations and travel with confidence:
1) Don't get stressed out
When you're en route to a job interview, your stress level may already be fairly high, and getting stuck in traffic, missing your alarm and so on can certainly exacerbate those negative feelings, according to The Personal. However, when you're worried about time or stressed in general, your decision-making behind the wheel may not be great, causing you to make risky decisions that increase accident risk.
2) Make sure your vehicle can handle the trip
If you're in a situation where you haven't filled up your gas tank or changed your oil in awhile, that can cause a critical and potentially dangerous breakdown when you're driving, The Personal said. As such, make sure your car is in the best possible shape a day or two before your scheduled interview.
3) Take all necessary COVID-related precautions
Even with coronavirus cases dropping across the U.S., you still can't be too careful these days, and should act appropriately, according to Choose Your Way. That means wearing your mask, making sure you have plenty of hand sanitizer with you as needed, social distancing in the office or on public transit and so on.
4) Be smart about using public transit
Speaking of public transit, it may be a vital part of your plan to get to an office, and you should be sure you know exactly where you're going, what the schedule looks like and so on, Choose Your Way cautioned. That way, you don't end up missing your stop or end up somewhere unfamiliar to you.
5) Plan your trip
Indeed, you would be wise to make sure you know your route inside and out before you hit the road, Choose Your Way advised. That may be especially true if the weather is bad, so that you have enough time to arrive comfortably ahead of schedule and get yourself into the right mindset for an interview.
6) Bring what you need
You don't want to get into a situation where you don't have something you desperately need (medications, extra gloves due to COVID, materials needed for the interview itself, etc.) and have to scramble, according to Commuter Benefits. Make a list of everything you need to be successful in your travels and interview, and then put it all in one place where you can grab it easily on the way out the door.
7) Try to travel away from peak hours
Finally, both because of coronavirus concerns and because you want to avoid traffic and other things that can delay you, it's a good idea to try to schedule your interview for a time when many people aren't traveling, Commuter Benefits noted. If your scheduled time makes you think you're going to get stuck in rush-hour traffic, for instance, it's better to push it to, say, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
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