Job Search Tip: Be Punctual

November 30th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

“To be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late.” At first this quote might sound like a tongue twister, but it actually means a lot more.
Although this sounds like a very obvious point to make, punctuality for a phone screen or face to face interview is very important. The simple action of arriving at a certain time may cost you the job.

By showing up on time, you are simply showing respect to the employer and valuing their time. However, note that coming one or two hours early before an interview is not considering the employers time and is actually the most disrespectful thing you can do.

The best time to get to an interview is 10 to 15 minutes in advance. This allows you to mentally prepare for the interview, but also show that you are punctual. With that in mind, if you are going to drive, consider traffic and weather arrangements. If it is raining or snowing, you should know that traffic will be worse than normal.

In the end, punctuality will show your dedication to the position and to coming to work on time to fulfill your daily tasks. So be punctual, but not really early. Good Luck!

-By Layla Nourahmadi