Deal Breakers for Hiring Managers
Whatever you do, never fail to show up to an interview without a call to explain your situation. Likewise, being late is better than not being there at all, but it still should be avoided if at all possible. If you have to be late, like when you have to be absent, always call and explain the situation post haste. This makes sense. After all, if you can’t make the interview on time, it is fair to assume that you won’t be making any other important deadlines either.
Sure, sometimes the universe conspires against you and you get into a fender bender or your subway gets stuck or your bus goes out of service at exactly the wrong moment. In these circumstances it is okay to be late as long as you call.
In good news, most of these situations can be avoided simply by leaving hours early for your interview. Instead of rushing around at the last minute, get up early, head to the interview neighborhood, then prepare at a nearby café. If you need to go to a place you’ve never been, why not take a trial run the day before so that you know exactly which floor and which building you are looking for? The last thing you want is to be frantically running around looking for a Kinko’s to print your resume and then realizing that you only thought you knew where your interview was taking place…