So it's interview day. You wake up bright an early, ready to show a stranger that you're literally the best new waitress they've ever had the pleasure of asking questions and, while you're at it, convince them of your brilliant outfit-selecting skills, friendly nature and impeccable organisational abilities.
Then you check the bedroom window and suddenly everything is hideously, hideously white. It's snowing. Badly.
Snow is one of a number of interview day arrivals that you probably won't welcome, but which you simply have to deal with once they happen – others might include:
Your car has decided to give up the ghost
Your train is an hour late
You've woken up with the flu
Someone you know really needs your help
Can you still make it?
First thing's first: Can you still make the interview? Employers will expect you to prioritise the meeting above all else. In fact, they could well assume that you're not that interested in the job if you're prepared to miss your appointment without good reason.
So you need to use all the available information to work out whether you'll still be able to arrive on time – or at all – despite the setback.
You may need to be a little late or you may have a legitimate reason to ask for a change of date.
If it's a weather issue, your action will probably relate to how bad the weather is, how you're getting to the interview and what the forecast is for future weather.
If you're ill, you'll probably want to try and get up and get ready and see if you feel up to your meeting.
Who has the answers?
Obviously there's one source which will help you deal with the situation best, and that's the person you're meant to be meeting for the interview, or at least a representative from the company.
So if you decide you're likely to be late or not able to make the interview at all that day, get in touch.
It's probably best to use phone rather than email for an urgent question like this. As such, remember to check you've been provided with a phone number when you're asked for an interview, and find the number or ask for it if you haven't been given it. This number could be handy in an interview emergency!
If there's heavy snow coming down, for example, you may want to ask by phone whether the employer still wants you to try and get to them. After all, perhaps they'll be low-staffed or even closed due to the weather.
If something is likely to make you late, give them a heads up. If you really do have to cancel that day, then politely let them know – but remember this could be taken as a sign that you're not serious about the job, so take care!
Should no one answer the phone, use email as a back-up communication option.