You don’t get a second chance on making a first impression. If the first impression an interviewer gets of you is of someone hurried, puffing and panting, in a bit of disarray, repeating apologies in a panicked state, you are definitely not making a good first impression. To avoid this scenario, the ideal target would be to arrive 10 minutes before you commence your interview. The advantages are as follows:
1. You become comfortable with your surroundings
Being early for your interview allows you the opportunity to get comfortable with your new surroundings making you more relaxed and focussed. Being late shifts your focus to how you will word an apology and worrying about how strong is your alibi and perhaps concocting a new alibi. This is an unnecessary distraction just before your interview.
2. Being Early Conveys respect
If you are punctual, it conveys respect. It also conveys a level of professionalism which most employers expect as a given.
Many employers view tardiness as a sign of disrespect and some will even regard it as displaying an “I couldn’t give a damn about you and your firm” attitude. Hence punctuality is key.
3. Avoiding a downward spiral
If the first few minutes of your interview are taken up by apologies and excuses, chances are, you are already on a downward spiral as many potential employers will see this behaviour as an ominous sign of things to come. Regardless of what you say afterwards in your interview, the whole interview has commenced on a sour note and the ground you will have to make up to compensate for this is much greater than if you had arrived on time.
Punctuality conveys respect, professionalism and organisation. It also helps you in being more relaxed and in avoiding a potential downward spiral by starting your interview off on a sour note.
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