Being unemployed can be very challenging and daunting among other things. Here are some key things to consider and even avoid, so you do not present as a desperate candidate instead of the stellar one that you are to your future employer.
The advice comes from an actual group of recruiters and hiring managers, with a diverse group; corporate recruiters, head hunters, heads of Human Resources, division managers and Vice Presidents, all who have recently had openings they were trying to fill. There were so many suggestions depending on the size of the company, the nature of the open position and the experience level of the interviewer. However there were at least six things that everyone agreed on.
First thing not to do to impress a potential future employer is to arrive WAY too early for the interview. You have already heard hundreds of times not to be late. That shows poor planning on your part or just simple disrespect for the interviewer. Arriving much too early can be just as damaging.
Interviews are scheduled at specific times and/or with specific people. It may also have several stages with other people, other departments. It can be very disruptive when you arrive anywhere from 30-45 minutes too early. They feel responsible for your well being, and they feel they would be rude to make you wait. So now they have to adjust their schedules, everyone else’s schedules and so on, or they have to make you sit and wait for those 30 or 45 minutes.
We agree that it is better to be early than to be late.
If you were smart and planned your trip, mapped it out and come up with extra time to fill before you interview there are some great things to do while you wait. You can stop at a store and get some water, you can go to a nearby coffee house, and you can go for a walk (some suggested if you have a big chain store nearby, going there during inclement weather is a good alternative then walking outside). Or you can simply sit in your car and wait. If you took the bus or other public transportation, then find a place in close proximity to sit and wait. The best time to check in for your interview is 5 to 15 minutes early. Not only is this acceptable and shows the employer you’re punctual, but you have now avoided appearing desperate by not arriving too early.
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