Several things to remember before and during the company visit:
- Learn all you can about the company beforehand?that will make you confident when you're at the site, prepare you to ask better questions, and equip you to better interpret what you see. Read an annual shareholder's report, some of the company's promo material, related articles in business and industry publications, and some of your own notes from the initial interview. Also, talk to company employees and people who have dealt with the company.
- Leave the rest of your life behind! On the day of the visit you must awake beautiful and innocent as a newborn child (though more savvy). Don?t let your personal problems, school deadlines, etc. pull on your brain.
- Consider all the logistics of the trip beforehand. These include accommodations and transportation to the where the company is, but it also includes smaller details like dining, wake-up calls, and transportation from the hotel to the company site. The company will usually help you to arrange important matters like hotel reservations and plane travel.
- Arrive the night before. Sometimes the company will even provide you with a dinner, complete with dinner companion, when you get there. Be nice to this person, because he or she is giving you a sort of informal pre-interview interview.
- Be on time. Tardiness will put a shaky foundation under your entire visit.
- When asked about salary expectations, give a wide range or sidestep the question. And don't bring it up yourself!
- Be aware that you are being watched all the time, even while you are being given a tour of the site. However, react to this thought with energetic alertness, not paranoid nervousness. And don't let yourself get weary and grouchy at the end of the day.
- Write your interviewers personal letters of thanks after you get home. This might not get you the job, but they will all like you better. This might be very good if you got hired.
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