Imagine you’re on your way to an important job interview, and then the inevitable happens: you’re stuck in traffic, the bus pulls out of front of you, or your alarm went off.
In short: You’re too late!
Being late is like an unwelcome guest at a party – they cast a shadow over the entire event and put you in a bad light. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you avoid this awkward scenario and make sure you’re on time and ready for your interview.
1. Plan ahead
It may sound obvious, but the best defense against delays is good preparation. Check the route to the company in advance and take into account possible traffic problems. If you use public transport, plan an earlier bus or train to compensate for possible delays.
2. Give yourself a “slack time”
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. This extra time gives you a chance to gather yourself, explore, and possibly urinate before the Interview begins.
3. If you’re late, act professionally
Sometimes delays are unavoidable despite the best planning. If you realize you’re going to be late, call the company as soon as possible (e.g. if you happen to be stuck in traffic) and apologize for the inconvenience. Your professionalism in this situation can help mitigate the negative impression of being late.
4. Learn from your mistakes
If you’re ever late, use that experience as a lesson for the future. Analyze what went wrong and what you can do differently next time to be on time.
5. Always remember: Punctuality is a virtue
Punctuality shows respect for other people’s time and is a sign of professionalism. By showing up for your interview on time, you show the potential employer that you are responsible and reliable.
So, next time you’re on your way to a job interview remember: Time waits for no one. Plan ahead, give yourself some slack, and act professionally if you’re late. Not being on time is the first thing you can do wrong at an interview, but with the right planning, it could also be the key to your next job.