In job interviews, one thing that can instantly sour your chances is showing up late. It turns out that tardiness is the top behavior that puts off hiring managers, according to a recent report by Ringover, a cloud-based telecom provider, which surveyed over 1,200 interviewers. The report notes that there’s nothing worse for recruiters than candidates who can’t manage their time, especially in roles where meeting deadlines is crucial. Lateness, even more than dressing inappropriately or getting the company name wrong, gives hiring managers the biggest negative impression.
Before the pandemic, when video interviews were less common, most interviewers were willing to give candidates a 15-minute grace period to join late. However, times have changed, and that grace period has shrunk to just five minutes, whether it’s an in-person or virtual interview. People today have less patience for excuses, and being late can be seen as a sign of rudeness, ego, incompetence, or poor planning.
To make a good impression, arriving five minutes early for in-person interviews and ten minutes early for video interviews to account for any potential technological issues is recommended. If you do end up running late, don’t panic. A quick, genuine apology can go a long way in winning over the interviewer. However, it’s important not to dwell on your lateness; instead, briefly acknowledge it and express your interest in the opportunity.
But what if your interviewer can’t overlook your tardiness, even after you apologize? The key is to give your best performance during the rest of the interview and hope your skills and qualifications shine through, ultimately leaving a positive impression……….[read more]
How does punctuality in job interviews connect to broader themes like business, marketing, the economy, investors, shareholders, or the consumer? In today’s competitive job market, where first impressions matter, what role does punctuality play in shaping a candidate’s professional image, and how does this affect their chances of success in the business world?
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