If you are late for an interview at my agency, I usually start the interview with a lot of eye contact between you and the clock on my wall.
Back and forth.
Lots of eye contact.
I let it get a little uncomfortable and then I ask very politely, “Did I get the time wrong?”
Two such interviews happened to me this past month. No calls from either candidate prior to their late arrival. After the whole eye/clock stare-down, I explained the importance of being on-time and gave them a sheet with the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, thanked them for their time and then escorted them to the door without an interview.
Harsh? No, just reality. I do not want someone who is tardy representing my agency or working for my clients.
What do you do if you find yourself running late for that important interview? Always keep the name and phone number of the person you are interviewing with handy. Should you find yourself minutes from the time of the interview and you’re still miles away, CALL immediately. Explain your situation, apologize in advance and advise them of your estimated time of arrival. Be prepared, the employer may reschedule the interview – that’s ok. Remember, they have other appointments during the day. You’ve earned points for that call. That call shows courtesy and respect for the interviewer.
We’re all human, things happen to make us late. It’s how we handle these mistakes that speaks to our integrity.
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