The unfortunate thing is that while these failures may get by most of the time, the one time that it is actually required of them, they may have a situation similar to mine only yesterday...
I had a job interview in downtown Portland at 3pm. I headed over there about 1:30, just to make sure I was prepared so that any and all possible things could go wrong and I would still be on time.
I got to the building at about 1:45 and realized the most horrific thing... no parking lot. I spent the next 5 minutes circling every building within a three block radius looking for a lot, but to no avail. What I did find was one slightly oversized parallel parking spot... great. While I do know that the proper way to use these spots is to pull forward and then back in, I can never remember how that works, so I tried to go head first (then back up, then go forward etc.) but after trying that strategy twice, I decided to circle the block again.
Several blocks away I found an empty row of one hour parking where I decided to pull over for awhile, and hope that the street parking landscape would change in 15 minutes. It didn't. I called Cam to try to talk me through parallel parking on the phone, but he didn't answer.
Finally, I found a slightly larger open spot. This time I was able to nose in (then back up, then forward, then back, then straighten out) and may or may not have been close enough to the curb, but I didn't stick out as much as the utility van in front of me, so I felt good about it.
I got my things together, read over some notes, and walked into my interview 10 minutes early. Success!