Running late for an interview?
How to avoid being late
Being late for an interview can leave a bad impression - your interviewer may assume you have poor time management skills, or that you are not overly interested in the role. Therefore, you should do what you can to arrive on time. We recommend you:
The editorial team at Indeed provide some additional tips on this topic. They suggest you:
Additionally, to ensure the day of your interview runs smoothly, we recommend you:
What to do if you're running late
If you do end up running late for your interview, you should contact the interviewer as soon as possible to let them know. You should also tell them when you expect to arrive and apologise for the inconvenience.
Keep in mind that your interview may need to be rescheduled, as many interviewers allot a certain amount of time for each person and schedule interviews back-to-back. Prepare for this scenario by putting together a list of possible dates and times that you are available.
What to do if you're running early
If you're running significantly early (>30 min) for your interview, there are a couple of things you can do:
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How running late can damage your career
While it's important to be on time for your interview to leave a good first impression, it's also important to consistently be on time when arriving to work so you don't damage your professional reputation.
SEEK's HR Manager, Jemima Grieve, provides some useful advice on this topic. She recommends that you:
Ultimately, you can prevent issues like chronic lateness from becoming a bigger deal than they need to be by simply having open communication and working toward a solution.
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